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.
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.
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,
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]