verb (used with object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
verb (used without object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
- 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.
- devitalized pulp
Origin of devise
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|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2007, curriculum experts began to devise the new Common Core standards with input from the states.
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|Marlow Stern|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But when you have arrived, possibly we may devise some satisfactory arrangement.Letters of John Calvin, Volume II (of 4)|Jules Bonnet
They resolved to devise some means to lower the character of Buddha in the opinion of the people.The Life or Legend of Gaudama|Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
But I do not pretend to devise those institutions, and certainly shall not throw obstacles in the way of such as can or will try.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)|Theodore Parker
Just from studying Max he knew he could devise such workable communication systems.Cerebrum|Albert Teichner
I began to devise a means to undo this dreadful work of mine.The Blue Wall|Richard Washburn Child
Word Origin 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.