contrive (v.) Old form(s): contriu'd , contriue , contriued , contriued'st , contriues
scheme, plot, conspire
1H6 I.i.27[Exeter to all, of Henry V] shall we think the subtle-witted French ... / By magic verses have contrived his end? [or: bring about]
1H6 I.iii.34[Gloucester to Winchester] Thou that contrived'st to murder our dead lord
1H6 I.iv.77[Talbot to all, of Salisbury's wounding] Accursed fatal hand / That hath contrived this woeful tragedy [or: bring about]
1H6 II.i.15[Talbot to all, of the French] their deceit, / Contrived by art and baleful sorcery [or: bring about]
AW IV.iii.23[Second Lord to First Lord] he that in this action contrives against his own nobility
AYL IV.iii.135[Celia as Aliena to Oliver, of Orlando] Was't you that did so oft contrive to kill him?
Ham II.ii.212[Polonius to himself, of Hamlet] I will leave him and suddenly contrive the means of meeting between him and my daughter
JC II.iii.15[Artemidorus alone, of his letter] the Fates with traitors do contrive
MV IV.i.349[Portia as Balthasar to Shylock, of an alien] The party 'gainst the which he doth contrive / Shall seize one half his goods
R2 I.i.96[Bolingbroke to King Richard] all the treasons ... / Complotted and contrived in this land
R2 I.iii.189[King Richard to Bolingbroke and Mowbray] never ... meet / To plot, contrive, or complot any ill
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