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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·trive v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contrived p. pr. & vb. n. Contriving.]  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.