Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
If you ‘contrive’ to do something, you manage to accomplish it against the odds or despite difficulties. That may be achieved through resourcefulness or hard work, but it can also be through less admirable means, like deception. The term basically implies that you do anything in your power to make something happen.
How did you contrive to lose so much money on the stock market? You must have made a string of terrible investments.
The supposed shortage of food supplies was nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
Somehow John contrived to fulfill his end of the deal despite facing a string of setbacks.