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English Dictionary: devising by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the act that results in something coming to be; "the devising of plans"; "the fashioning of pots and pans"; "the making of measurements"; "it was already in the making"
    Synonym(s): devising, fashioning, making
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}.
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