- 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
synonym study for devise
OTHER WORDS FROM devisede·vis·er, nounpre·de·vise, verb (used with object), pre·de·vised, pre·de·vis·ing.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH devisedevice, devise
Words nearby devise
How to use devise in a sentence
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
U.S. military officials say Nagata helped devise much of U.S. special operations support for Jordan.Obama Taps Star General to Build Syrian Rebel Army to Fight ISIS|Josh Rogin, Eli Lake|September 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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
After seeing injuries to infant girl, suspects devise alibi.Israel to Simulate Chemical Attack By Suicide Bomber|Orly Halpern|December 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To meet this heavy expense the ministers had to devise all sorts of expedients to raise money.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
A more potent and public method of ridicule would be difficult to devise.A Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope|Colley Cibber
Thus the facts help us devise the number phrase, and the phrase helps revive the facts.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
But the prince will devise such things as are worthy of a prince, and he shall stand above the rulers.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
No lawgiver had ever been able to devise a perfect and immortal form of government.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for devise
- a disposition of property by will
- the property so transmittedCompare bequeath (def. 1)