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Dictionary definition for: Contrive

1. (v) make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss" "design a new sales strategy" "plan an attack"

2. (v) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

3. (v) 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"

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