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devise

[ dih-vahyz ]
/ dɪˈvaɪz /
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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.
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Origin of devise

First recorded in 1150–1200; (verb) Middle English devisen “to inspect, design, compose,” from Old French deviser, from unattested Vulgar Latin dēvīsāre, for unattested dīvīsāre, frequentative of Latin dīvidere “to divide” (see divide); (noun) see device

synonym study for devise

1. See prepare.

OTHER WORDS FROM devise

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH devise

device, 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 forms of devise

deviser, noun

Word Origin for devise

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