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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·trive /kənˈtraɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·trive, v. i. To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
    The Fates with traitors do contrive.   --Shak.
 Thou hast contrived against th very life
 Of the defendant.   --Shak.

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to
           murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan
           an attack" [syn: plan, project, design]
      2: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or
         priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to
         measure the speed of light" [syn: invent, 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" [syn: project, cast, throw]