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Search phrase: contrive

Plays

 8 result(s).
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As You Like ItAYL IV.iii.135Was't you that did so oft contrive to kill him?Was't you that did so oft contriue to kill him?
HamletHam I.v.85Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contriveTaint not thy mind; nor let thy Soule contriue
HamletHam II.ii.212and suddenly contrive the means of meeting betweenAnd sodainely contriue the meanes of meeting / Betweene
Julius CaesarJC II.iii.15If not, the Fates with traitors do contrive.If not, the Fates with Traitors do contriue.
The Merchant of VeniceMV IV.i.349The party 'gainst the which he doth contriveThe party gainst the which he doth contriue,
Richard IIR2 I.iii.189To plot, contrive, or complot any illTo plot, contriue, or complot any ill,
The Taming of the ShrewTS I.ii.273Please ye we may contrive this afternoon,Please ye we may contriue this afternoone,
Troilus and CressidaTC I.iii.201That do contrive how many hands shall strike,That do contriue how many hands shall strike

Poems

 1 result(s).
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The Rape of LucreceLuc.206 Some loathsome dash the herald will contrive, Some lothsome dash the Herrald will contriue,

Glossary

 12 result(s).
botchclumsily contrive, make a mess of
conspirepractise, contrive, plot
contrivescheme, plot, conspire
contrivepass the time, spend, while away
fashionarrange, contrive, manage
forgecause to fashion, lead to contrive
forgeinvent, contrive, devise
procurecontrive for, devise for, bring about
procurecontrive, endeavour, take measures
seemarrange, contrive, try speciously
shiftexpedient, measure, arrangement [especially as 'make shift' = contrive]
sortarrange, contrive, prepare

Thesaurus

 10 result(s).
clumsily contrivebotch
contrivefashion
contriveconspire
contriveforge
contriveseem
contriveshift
contrivesort
contriveprocure
contriveprocure
contrive, lead toforge

Words Families

 5 result(s).
Word FamilyWord Family GroupWords
CONTRIVEBASICcontrive v, contrived adj, contriviing adj, contriving n
CONTRIVEPEOPLEcontriver n
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