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- To invent by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise
- 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter:
- Neither do thou imagine that I shall contrive aught against his life.
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 154
- […] I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to send somebody.
- To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation.
- To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light.
- (obsolete, transitive) To spend (time, or a period).
To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to plan; to scheme; to plot
To invent, to make devices; to form designs especially by improvisation
To project, cast, or set forth, as in a projection of light