The definition of devise is to plan or create by thinking through.(verb)
An example of devise is figuring out how to recreate a restaurant's secret recipe.
See devise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME devisen < OFr deviser, to distribute, direct, regulate, talk < VL *divisare < L divisus, pp. of dividere: see divide
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transitive verb de·vised, de·vis·ing, de·vis·es
Origin: Middle English devisen
Origin: , from Old French deviser
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre
Origin: , from Latin *dīvīsāre
Origin: , frequentative of dīvidere, to divide; see divide.
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