verb make or work out a plan for; devise
project; design; plan.
- They contrived to murder their boss
- design a new sales strategy
- plan an attack
verb come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
formulate; devise; invent; excogitate; forge.
- excogitate a way to measure the speed of light
verb put or send forth
project; cast; throw.
- She threw the flashlight beam into the corner
- The setting sun threw long shadows
- cast a spell
- cast a warm light
Con*trive" transitive verb
, to invent, OF. controver
to find. See Troubadour
imperfect & past participle Contrived ; present participle & verbal noun 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.
neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.
Syn. -- To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot; concert; hatch.
Con*trive" intransitive verb
- To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.
The Fates with traitors do contrive.
Thou hast contrived against th very life
Of the defendant.
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