- 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 devising
And part of the art is devising names that convey the essence of the condition and all its ramifications.You Don’t Actually Have Cancer
Randi Hutter Epstein
July 31, 2013
The FEC has been entrusted with devising new rules—but for now at least, the disclosure requirement is no longer operative.Our Toothless Campaign Finance Watchdogs
John Avlon, Michael Keller, Daniel Stone
September 20, 2012
Then Germany and France were forced into devising a detailed rescue plan, which, in fact, is unfolding this weekend.Wall Street Will Reform Washington
Jeffrey E. Garten
April 24, 2010
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell tried to save health care by devising a compromise in early August.Why Democrats Hate Summer
August 29, 2009
In the meantime the faithful squire was devising a plan of escape.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
And the legislator ought always to be devising a remedy for evils of this nature.Laws
It's an infamous thing of your devising, Messer Gonzaga, an odious lie!Love-at-Arms
His former picture had a subject such as it was, of his own devising.
They had sat up nights devising schemes to gain cash for him.In a Little Town
- 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 devising
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.