Devise Definition

dĭ-vīz
devised, devises, devising
verb
devised, devises, devising
To work out or create (something) by thinking; contrive; plan; invent.
Webster's New World
To bequeath (real property) by a will.
Webster's New World
To make secret plans for; plot.
Webster's New World
To guess or imagine.
Webster's New World
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noun
devises
The act of transmitting or giving real property by will.
American Heritage
A will, or clause in a will, granting such a gift.
Webster's New World
A gift of real property by a will.
Webster's New World
The property so granted.
Webster's New World
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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Other Word Forms of Devise

Noun

Singular:
devise
Plural:
devises

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

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