Definitions for devisedɪˈvaɪz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•visedɪˈvaɪz(v.; n.)-vised, -vis•ing

  1. (v.t.)to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas:

    to devise a method.

  2. to transmit (property) by will.

    Category: Law

  3. Archaic. to imagine; suppose.

  4. (v.i.)to form a plan; contrive.

  5. (n.)the disposition of real property by will. a will or clause in a will disposing of property. the property so disposed of.

    Category: Law

Origin of devise:

1150–1200; < OF deviser蠐 L dīvidere to divide ; see device


Princeton's WordNet

  1. devise(noun)

    a will disposing of real property

  2. devise(verb)

    (law) a gift of real property by will

  3. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge(verb)

    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

    "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

  4. organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinate(verb)

    arrange by systematic planning and united effort

    "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"

  5. devise(verb)

    give by will, especially real property

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. devise(verb)ɪˈvaɪz

    to invent or create sth

    to devise a plan


  1. devise(Noun)

    the act of leaving real property in a will

  2. devise(Noun)

    such a will, or a clause in such a will

  3. devise(Noun)

    the real property left in such a will

  4. devise(Verb)

    To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).

  5. devise(Verb)

    To leave (property) in a will.

  6. Origin: devisen, devysen, from devisare, frequentative of devidere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Devise(verb)

    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

  2. Devise(verb)

    to plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain

  3. Devise(verb)

    to say; to relate; to describe

  4. Devise(verb)

    to imagine; to guess

  5. Devise(verb)

    to give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels

  6. Devise(verb)

    to form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider

  7. Devise(noun)

    the act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate

  8. Devise(noun)

    a will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property

  9. Devise(noun)

    property devised, or given by will

  10. Devise(noun)

    device. See Device

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'devise' in Verbs Frequency: #669

Anagrams of devise

  1. sieved

Translations for devise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to invent; to put together

A shelter / new scheme was hurriedly devised.

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