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English Dictionary: devise by the DICT Development Group
5 results for devise
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a will disposing of real property
  2. (law) a gift of real property by will
  1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    Synonym(s): invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge
  2. arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"
    Synonym(s): organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinate
  3. give by will, especially real property
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Devise \De*vise"\, n.
      Device. See {Device}. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Devise \De*vise"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Devised}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Devising}.] [OF. deviser to distribute, regulate, direct,
      relate, F., to chat, fr. L. divisus divided, distributed, p.
      p. of dividere. See {Divide}, and cf. {Device}.]
      1. To form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new
            applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts;
            to formulate by thought; to contrive; to excogitate; to
            invent; to plan; to scheme; as, to devise an engine, a new
            mode of writing, a plan of defense, or an argument.
                     To devise curious works.                     --Ex. CCTV.
                     Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views.
      2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
                     For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore They are
                     which fortunes do by vows devise.      --Spenser.
      3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
      4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.] --Spenser.
      5. (Law) To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly,
            also, of chattels.
      Syn: To bequeath; invent; discover; contrive; excogitate;
               imagine; plan; scheme. See {Bequeath}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Devise \De*vise"\, v. i.
      To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
               I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer. --Pope.
      Note: Devise was formerly followed by of; as, let us devise
               of ease. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Devise \De*vise"\, n. [OF. devise division, deliberation, wish,
      will, testament. See {Device}.]
      1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; --
            sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal
      2. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of
            a will making a gift of real property.
                     Fines upon devises were still exacted. --Bancroft.
      3. Property devised, or given by will.
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