devise

[ dih-vahyz ]
/ dɪˈvaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·vised, de·vis·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·vised, de·vis·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.

Nearby words

  1. devious,
  2. deviously,
  3. devirginate,
  4. devisable,
  5. devisal,
  6. devisee,
  7. devisor,
  8. devitalize,
  9. devitalized,
  10. devitalized pulp

Origin of devise

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English devisen to inspect, design, compose < Old French deviser < Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre, for *dīvīsāre, frequentative of Latin dīvidere to divide; (noun) see device

Related forms
Can be confuseddevice devise

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British Dictionary definitions for devise

devise

/ (dɪˈvaɪz) /

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 Formsdeviser, noun

Word Origin for devise

C15: from Old French deviser to divide, apportion, intend, from Latin dīvidere to divide

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Word Origin and History for devise

devise

v.

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.

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