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Another word for contrive

  1. To form a strategy for

      1. (with object after out) To calculate.
      2. To make sense of.
      3. To smooth.
      1. To plan a strategy for (a business or financial venture, for example).
      2. To determine strategies; plan.
      1. A systematic plan of action:
      2. A secret or devious plan; a plot:
      3. An orderly plan or arrangement of related parts:
      1. An undertaking requiring concerted effort:
      2. An extensive task undertaken by a student or group of students to apply, illustrate, or supplement classroom lessons.
      3. A plan or proposal for accomplishing something.
      1. An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective:
      2. A proposed or intended course of action:
      3. A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline:
      1. To cause to lie down:
      2. To place in or bring to a particular position:
      3. To bury.
      1. A structure that gives shape or support:
      2. The structure or physique of a human or animal body:
      3. An open structure or rim for encasing, holding, or bordering:
      1. To state as or reduce to a formula.
      2. To express in systematic terms or concepts.
      3. To devise or invent:
      1. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive:
      2. To transmit or give (real property) by will.
      3. To suppose; imagine.
      1. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent:
      2. To formulate a plan for; devise:
      3. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure:
      1. To become pregnant with (offspring):
      2. To form or develop in the mind:
      3. To apprehend mentally; understand:
      1. A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
      2. An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
      3. A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. A contact print of a drawing or other image rendered as white lines on a blue background, especially such a print of an architectural plan or technical drawing.
      2. A mechanical drawing produced by any of various similar photographic processes, such as one that creates blue or black lines on a white background.
      3. A detailed plan of action.
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  2. To use ingenuity in making, developing, or achieving

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Another word for contrive

  1. To invent

  2. To succeed with difficulty

      1. To quarrel noisily or angrily.
      2. To grasp and maneuver something.
      3. To attempt to deal with or understand something; contend or struggle:
      1. To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.
      2. To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm:
      3. To move laterally or in a curve:
      1. A movement or combination of movements involving skill and dexterity:
      2. A controlled change in movement or direction of a moving vehicle or vessel, as in the flight path of an aircraft.
      3. A strategic or tactical military or naval movement.
      1. Something brought about by a cause or agent; a result.
      2. The power to produce an outcome or achieve a result:
      3. Advantage; avail:
      1. To put into effect; carry out:
      2. To perform; do:
      3. To create (a work of art, for example) in accordance with a prescribed design.
      1. To put into a specific order or relation; dispose:
      2. To plan or prepare for:
      3. To bring about or come to an agreement concerning; settle:
      1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To subsist; to succeed, survive, or manage, at least at a minimal level.
      1. (dated) To contrive; to invent a way of surmounting a difficulty
      1. To exchange (one thing) for another of the same class:
      2. To move or transfer from one place or position to another.
      3. To alter (position or place).
      1. To move, arrange, operate, or control by the hands or another body part or by mechanical means, especially in a skillful manner:
      2. To influence or manage shrewdly or deviously:
      3. To tamper with or falsify for personal gain:
      1. One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
      2. One who operates an engine.
      3. One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.
      1. To have the financial means for; bear the cost of:
      2. To manage to spare or give up:
      3. To manage or bear without disadvantage or risk to oneself:
      1. To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement:
      2. To arrange or settle by discussion and mutual agreement:
      3. To transfer (an instrument, such as a promissory note) to another party by means of endorsement.
      1. A device used to determine geographic direction, usually consisting of a magnetic needle or needles horizontally mounted or suspended and free to pivot until aligned with the earth's magnetic field.
      2. Another device, such as a radio compass or a gyrocompass, used for determining geographic direction.
      3. A V-shaped device for describing circles or circular arcs and for taking measurements, consisting of a pair of rigid, end-hinged legs, one of which is equipped with a pen, pencil, or other marker and the other with a sharp point providing a pivot about which the drawing leg is turned.
      1. To move on or ahead; proceed:
      2. To extend; run:
      3. To move by or in front of something:
      1. To have charge of; direct or administer:
      2. To exert control over; regulate or limit toward a desired end:
      3. To direct or supervise (employees or other staff):