contrive

When you contrive, you make a plan or a plot. It may take you longer to contrive your way out of doing your homework than would to actually do it.

Even though contrive often has a false or cunning feel to it, it is not always a bad thing. Mental effort is always required though, as contrive is often used in connection with inventing schemes and plans to make something happen. Contraption, a complicated mysterious device that does something, is related to contrive. Have you ever seen a Rube Goldberg contraption? When you contrive to do something, your plan may end up being that complicated.

Definitions of contrive
1

v make or work out a plan for; devise

“They contrived to murder their boss”
Synonyms:
design, plan, project
Types:
plot
devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
concert
contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
map, map out
plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

v come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

Synonyms:
devise, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

v put or send forth

Synonyms:
cast, project, throw
Types:
shoot
send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
Type of:
direct, send
cause to go somewhere

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