1. to plan cleverly or ingeniously; devise; invent.
example: The prisoner contrived his escape with great care. She contrived an excuse that was wholly believable.
2. to scheme or plot with treacherous intent.
example: The conspirators contrived the overthrow of the ruler.
3. to cleverly devise (a mechanism or the like), esp. by improvising.
example: A clockmaker, John Harrison, contrived the marine chronometer, a device which allowed one to calculate one’s longitude at sea.
4. to manage, esp. by overcoming obstacles.
example: They contrived a way to get across the river.
to create plans; scheme.