- to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas: to devise a method.
- Law. to assign or transmit (property) by will.
- Archaic. to imagine; suppose.
- to form a plan; contrive.
- the act of disposing of property, especially real property, by will.
- a will or clause in a will disposing of property, especially real property.
- the property so disposed of.
Origin of devise
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Examples from the Web for devise
As a society, we devise laws that are meant to make society a just place for all—but we fail so often.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
In 2007, curriculum experts began to devise the new Common Core standards with input from the states.The Incredibly Stupid War on the Common Core
Charles Upton Sahm
April 21, 2014
She has so many sexual partners—about eight different men a day—that she has to devise a scheduling system to keep them in check.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance
January 23, 2014
Obama has failed to defuse Republican opposition or devise a long-term plan.What the Rest of the World Thinks of America’s Shutdown
October 3, 2013
With members of the media present, the caucus makes them wait for seven minutes outside while they devise a game plan.‘The West Wing’ Government Shutdown Episode Is Frighteningly Familiar
October 2, 2013
We had a system in the operating-room as perfect as I could devise it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I will devise it to humanity, and John Burke shall execute the will.The Bacillus of Beauty
His researches on the dynamo caused him to devise what he calls an 'harmonic engine.'Heroes of the Telegraph
But try as I might, I could only devise something so commonplace that I let the clay spoil.
During their walk they might devise some means of breaking the news in a gentle way.
- to work out, contrive, or plan (something) in one's mind
- (tr) law to dispose of (property, esp real property) by will
- (tr) obsolete to imagine or guess
Word Origin and History for devise
early 13c., "to form, fashion;" c.1300, "to plan, contrive," from Old French deviser "dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive" (in modern French, "to chat, gossip"), from Vulgar Latin *divisare, frequentative of Latin dividere "to divide" (see divide). Modern sense is from "to arrange a division" (especially via a will), a meaning present in the Old French word. Related: Devised; devising.