verb (used with object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
verb (used without object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
- 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
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.
The FEC has been entrusted with devising new rules—but for now at least, the disclosure requirement is no longer operative.
Then Germany and France were forced into devising a detailed rescue plan, which, in fact, is unfolding this weekend.
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell tried to save health care by devising a compromise in early August.
That this conspiracy against my father, the details of which you would not have me learn, is some evil of your own devising.The Suitors of Yvonne|Raphael Sabatini
Their work is in the shops, devising improvements that will make the airship safer and better fitted for commercial uses.Historic Inventions|Rupert S. Holland
He made the tour of the French provinces, making commerce his study, and devising means to render it flourishing.Anecdotes for Boys|Harvey Newcomb
All reasonable methods being beyond his reach, it was not long before he was engaged in devising the worst expedients.Monsieur Lecoq, v.1|Emile Gaboriau
The papers were vying with one another in devising effectual, if somewhat informal, means of dealing with the "red menace."The Centralia Conspiracy|Ralph Chaplin
British Dictionary definitions for devising
Word Origin for devise
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.