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Contrive, 1) to devise, to plan; a) intr. to lay schemes: “the letters too of many our --ing friends in Rome petition us at home,” Ant. I, 2, 189. Perhaps also in Shr. I, 2, 276. -- b) tr. to devise, to excogitate: “some loathsome dash the herald will c.” Lucr. 206. “she that her fame so to herself --s,” Compl. 243. “by whom this great assembly is --d,” H5 V, 2, 6. “the still and mental parts that do c. how many hands shall strike,” Troil. I, 3, 201. “c. the means of meeting,” Hml. II, 2, 216. “one that slept in the --ing of lust,” Lr. III, 4, 92.
2) Mostly in an ill sense, == to plot; a) intr. “the Fates with traitors do c.” Caes. II, 3, 16. “most generous and free from all --ing,” Hml. IV, 7, 136. Followed by “against:” Merch. IV, 1, 352. Merch. IV, 1, 352 All's IV, 3, 28. -- b) trans. “all the treasons complotted and --d in this land,” R2 I, 1, 96. I, 3, 189. “premeditated and --d murder,” H5 IV, 1, 171; cf. Oth. I, 2, 3. H6A I, 1, 27. I, 4, 77. II, 1, 15. Hml. I, 5, 85. Followed by an infinitive: “have you with these --d to bait me?” Mids. III, 2, 196. As IV, 3, 135. H6A I, 3, 34. Cor. III, 3, 62.
3) to spend, to passaway: “please ye we may c. this afternoon, and quaff carouses to our mistress' health,” Shr. I, 2, 276 (more probably to be taken in the sense of 1, a).
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