Devise meaning

dĭ-vīz
To work out or create (something) by thinking; contrive; plan; invent.
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The definition of devise is to plan or create by thinking through.

An example of devise is figuring out how to recreate a restaurant's secret recipe.

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To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive.

Devised a new system for handling mail orders.

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To suppose; imagine.
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To bequeath (real property) by a will.
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The act of leaving real property in a will.
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To make secret plans for; plot.
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To guess or imagine.
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To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).

To devise an argument; to devise a machine, or a new system of writing.

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To leave (property) in a will.
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(intransitive, archaic) To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
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Such a will, or a clause in such a will.
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A will or clause in a will transmitting or giving real property.
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The act of transferring real property by will; a clause of a will describing such a transfer; the property disposed of in such a transfer.
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(archaic) To plan or scheme for; to plot to obtain.
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The real property left in such a will.
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To transmit or give (real property) by will.
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A gift of real property by a will.
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A will, or clause in a will, granting such a gift.
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The property so granted.
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Origin of devise

  • Middle English devisen from Old French deviser from Vulgar Latin dēvīsāre from Latin dīvīsāre frequentative of dīvidere to divide divide

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English devisen, devysen, from Old French deviser, from Vulgar Latin devisō, from Latin dīvisō, frequentative of dīvidō.

    From Wiktionary