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Meaning of DEVISE

Pronunciation:  di'vIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (law) a gift of real property by will
  2. [n]  a will disposing of real property
  3. [v]  come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
  4. [v]  arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"
  5. [v]  give by will, esp. real property

DEVISE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: contrive, excogitate, forge, formulate, get up, invent, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
 See Also: bequeath, create by mental act, create mentally, gift, heritage, inheritance, initiate, lay, leave, mount, pioneer, put on, sandwich, set up, spatchcock, testament, will, will



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
  4. \De*vise"\, n.
    Device. See {Device}. [Obs.]
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