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An example use of contrive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… whatever could contrive their own Moses …”

meanings of contrive


  1. To spend (time, or a period).
  2. To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
  3. To invent by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise.
  4. To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.