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devise

[ dih-vahyz ]
/ d瑟藞va瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路vised, de路vis路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), de路vised, de路vis路ing.
to form a plan; contrive.
noun
Law.
  1. the act of disposing of property, especially real property, by will.
  2. a will or clause in a will disposing of property, especially real property.
  3. the property so disposed of.
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Origin of devise

First recorded in 1150鈥1200; (verb) Middle English devisen 鈥渢o inspect, design, compose,鈥 from Old French deviser, from unattested Vulgar Latin d膿v墨s膩re, for unattested d墨v墨s膩re, frequentative of Latin d墨videre 鈥渢o divide鈥 (see divide); (noun) see device

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1. See prepare.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH devise

device, devise
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British Dictionary definitions for devise

devise
/ (d瑟藞va瑟z) /

verb
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
noun law
  1. a disposition of property by will
  2. the property so transmittedCompare bequeath (def. 1)
a will or clause in a will disposing of real propertyCompare bequest (def. 2)

Derived forms of devise

deviser, noun

Word Origin for devise

C15: from Old French deviser to divide, apportion, intend, from Latin d墨videre to divide
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