|Origin:||controver, from Late Latin contropare|
to succeed in doing something in spite of difficulties
contrive to do something
Schindler contrived to save more than 1,000 Polish Jews from the Nazis.
to arrange an event or situation in a clever way, especially secretly or by deceiving people:
The lawsuit says oil companies contrived the oil shortage in the 1970s.
to make or invent something in a skilful way, especially because you need it suddenly:
In 1862, a technique was contrived to take a series of photographs showing stages of movement.