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English Dictionary: contrive by the DICT Development Group
3 results for contrive
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
    Synonym(s): plan, project, contrive, design
  2. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    Synonym(s): invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge
  3. put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
    Synonym(s): project, cast, contrive, throw
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contrive \Con*trive"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contrived}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Contriving}.] [OE. contriven, contreven, controven,
      to invent, OF. controver, contruver; con- + trouver to find.
      See {Troubadour}, {trover}.]
      To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to
      design; to plan.
               What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of
               the universe than infinite wisdom.         --Tillotson.
               neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught
               against his life.                                    --Hawthorne.
      Syn: To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot;
               concert; hatch.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contrive \Con*trive"\, v. i.
      To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to
               The Fates with traitors do contrive.      --Shak.
               Thou hast contrived against th very life Of the
               defendant.                                             --Shak.
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