Definitions for devisedɪˈvaɪz

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  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

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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

  11. Origin: [OF. devise division, deliberation, wish, will, testament. See Device.]

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

Translations for devise

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  • завещавам, измислям, изобретявамBulgarian
  • divisar, copçar, preveureCatalan, Valencian
  • navrhnoutCzech
  • udarbejde, testamentere, finde på, opfinde, udtænkeDanish
  • entwerfen, erdenken, planen, letztwillig vermachen, ausdenken, durch Testament verfügenGerman
  • suunnitella, junailla, kekata, masinoida, keksiä, testamentataFinnish
  • concevoir, élaborerFrench
  • cumIrish
  • הורישHebrew
  • inventare, escogitare, architettare, congegnareItalian
  • nectōLatin
  • whakangārahuMāori
  • projetar, idear, inventar, legar, delinear, tramar, deixarPortuguese
  • urziRomanian
  • разработать, разрабатывать, замышлять, замыслить, завещатьRussian
  • odkázať, poručiť, vymyslieť, vyšpekulovať, zanechaťSlovak
  • krijoj, sajojAlbanian
  • hitta på, tänka ut, uppfinnaSwedish
  • tasarlamak, miras bırakmakTurkish
  • datikönVolapük

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