An example of devise is figuring out how to recreate a restaurant's secret recipe.
intransitive verb-·vised′, -·vis′ing
- to work out or create (something) by thinking; contrive; plan; invent
- Law to bequeath (real property) by a will
- Archaic to make secret plans for; plot
- Obs. to guess or imagine
Origin of deviseMiddle English devisen from Old French deviser, to distribute, direct, regulate, talk from Vulgar Latin an unverified form divisare from Classical Latin divisus, past participle of dividere: see divide
- a gift of real property by a will
- a will, or clause in a will, granting such a gift
- the property so granted
transitive verbde·vised, de·vis·ing, de·vis·es
- To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive: devised a new system for handling mail orders.
- Law To transmit or give (real property) by will.
- Archaic To suppose; imagine.
- a. The act of transmitting or giving real property by will.b. The property or lands so transmitted or given.
- A will or clause in a will transmitting or giving real property.
Origin of deviseMiddle English devisen from Old French deviser from Vulgar Latin dēvīsāre from Latin dīvīsāre frequentative of dīvidere to divide ; see divide .
(third-person singular simple present devises, present participle devising, simple past and past participle devised)
- The act of leaving real property in a will.
- Such a will, or a clause in such a will.
- The real property left in such a will.
devise - Legal Definition