Contriving
Contrive Con*trive" (k[o^]n*tr[imac]v"), 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. [1913 Webster]

What more likely to contrive this admirable frame of the universe than infinite wisdom. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life. --Hawthorne.

Syn: To invent; discover; plan; design; project; plot; concert; hatch. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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