devise

[dih-vahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
  1. to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas: to devise a method.
  2. Law. to assign or transmit (property) by will.
  3. Archaic. to imagine; suppose.
verb (used without object), de·vised, de·vis·ing.
  1. to form a plan; contrive.
noun
  1. 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.

Origin of devise

1150–1200; (v.) Middle English devisen to inspect, design, compose < Old French deviser < Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre, for *dīvīsāre, frequentative of Latin dīvidere to divide; (noun) see device
Related formsde·vis·er, nounpre·de·vise, verb (used with object), pre·de·vised, pre·de·vis·ing.self-de·vised, adjectiveun·de·vised, adjectivewell-de·vised, adjective
Can be confuseddevice devise

Synonyms for devise

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1. See prepare.
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Contemporary Examples of devising

  • And part of the art is devising names that convey the essence of the condition and all its ramifications.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Why Democrats Hate Summer

    Julian Zelizer

    August 29, 2009

Historical Examples of devising


British Dictionary definitions for devising

devise

verb
  1. to work out, contrive, or plan (something) in one's mind
  2. (tr) law to dispose of (property, esp real property) by will
  3. (tr) obsolete to imagine or guess
noun law
    1. a disposition of property by will
    2. the property so transmittedCompare bequeath (def. 1)
  1. a will or clause in a will disposing of real propertyCompare bequest (def. 2)
Derived Formsdeviser, noun

Word Origin for devise

C15: from Old French deviser to divide, apportion, intend, from Latin dīvidere to divide
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Word Origin and History for devising

devise

v.

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.

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