- 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 devised
To get a resolution about genocide passed, he devised a letter-writing campaign.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
As their name implies, they devised bespoke tools and techniques for breaking into computers.
This was the most sophisticated global tracking system ever devised, and it worked with lethal efficiency.
We have devised a constitutional right to love whom you want, and to have that love legally recognized.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
When we devised the formula we use to determine poverty in the United States, it was 1964.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
Evidently a new plan must be devised if every body is to be satisfied.
She knew of situations like that, the cul-de-sac of chastity, worse than any devised by a Javert.Within the Law
Lieut. Rodgers was convinced that this method was too risky and that some other must be devised.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Let us hope that by this time something better has been devised for them all.In the Heart of Vosges
Only the goddess of the chase could have devised so terrible a revenge.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
- 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 devised
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.