What does DEVISE mean?

Definitions for DEVISE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. devisenoun

    a will disposing of real property

  2. deviseverb

    (law) a gift of real property by will

  3. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forgeverb

    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, machinateverb

    arrange by systematic planning and united effort

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

  5. deviseverb

    give by will, especially real property


  1. devisenoun

    the act of leaving real property in a will

  2. devisenoun

    such a will, or a clause in such a will

  3. devisenoun

    the real property left in such a will

  4. deviseverb

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

  5. deviseverb

    To leave (property) in a will.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Devisenoun

    Etymology: devise, a will, old French.

    This word is properly attributed, in our common law, to him that bequeaths his goods by his last will or testament in writing; and the reason is, because those that now appertain only to the devisour, by this act are distributed into many parts. John Cowell.

    The alienation is made by devise in a last will only, and the third part of these profits is there demandable, by special provision thereof made in the statute. Francis Bacon, Off. of Alienation.

    God hath omitted nothing needful to his purpose, nor left his intention to be accomplished by our devises. Richard Hooker.

  2. To DEVISEverb

    Etymology: deviser, French, as of devisare, to look about. Skinner.

    Whether they, at their first coming into the land, or afterwards, by trading with other nations which had letters, learned them of them, or devised them among themselves, is very doubtful. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    He could by his skill draw after him the weight of five thousand bushels of grain, and devise those rare engines which shot small stones at hand, but great ones afar off. Henry Peacham.

    Ye sons of art, one curious piece devise,
    From whose constructure motion shall arise. Richard Blackmore.

    Behold I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you. Jer. xiii. 11.

  3. To Deviseverb

    To grant by will. A law term.

    Etymology: from the noun.

  4. To Deviseverb

    To consider; to contrive; to lay plans; to form schemes.

    Her merry fit she freshly ’gan to rear,
    And did of joy and jollity devise,
    Herself to cherish and her guest to chear. Fairy Queen, b. ii.

    But sith now safe ye seised have the shore,
    And well arrived are, high God be blest,
    Let us devise of ease and everlasting rest. Fairy Queen, b. i.

    Since we are so far entered, let us, I pray you, a little devise of those evils by which that country is held in this wretched case, that it cannot, as you say, be recured. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    Devise but how you’ll use him when he comes, and let us two devise to bring him thither. William Shakespeare, Mer. Wives of Windsor.


  1. devise

    To devise is to plan or invent something complex or intricate, typically by careful thought and creativity. It often refers to creating a strategy, method, system, mechanism, or a piece of equipment. It can also refer to the legal act of leaving property by will.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deviseverb

    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. Deviseverb

    to plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain

  3. Deviseverb

    to say; to relate; to describe

  4. Deviseverb

    to imagine; to guess

  5. Deviseverb

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

  6. Deviseverb

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

  7. Devisenoun

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

  8. Devisenoun

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

  9. Devisenoun

    property devised, or given by will

  10. Devisenoun

    device. See Device

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Devise

    de-vīz′, v.t. to imagine: to scheme: to contrive: to give by will: to bequeath.—v.i. to consider, scheme.—n. act of bequeathing: a will: property bequeathed by will.—adj. Devis′able.—ns. Devis′al; Devisē[e]′, one to whom real estate is bequeathed; Devis′er, one who contrives; Devis′or, one who bequeaths. [O. Fr. deviser, devise—Low L. divisa, a division of goods, a mark, a device—L. dividĕre, divisum, to divide.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEVISE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEVISE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of DEVISE in a Sentence

  1. Chris Morris:

    Nature has a surer plan than mortals can devise.

  2. Michael Raymond-James:

    To come and be able to sit here — it's incredible, i'm sitting where Paul Revere used to come with his fellow Patriots to devise their plan of attack. You can't recreate this feeling — it's like grasping at smoke.

  3. Spencer Richlin:

    We first try to identify the source of their stress so we can devise a personalized and targeted plan to help her relax.

  4. Carlos Pellegrini:

    It is extremely difficult in a single study to account for every variable that impacts performance, the studies here add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that surgeons, particularly experienced surgeons, can devise techniques to compensate for sleep disruption.

  5. Bud Zaouk:

    Unlike the alcohol ignition interlocks which require you to blow into a devise and are used for convicted drunk drivers, DADSS is a driver assist system that would be seamless, take less than half a second, and use infrared light to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content in the breath or through the fingertips, which is far more reliable.

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  • ابتكرArabic
  • завещавам, измислям, изобретявамBulgarian
  • divisar, copçar, preveureCatalan, Valencian
  • navrhnoutCzech
  • finde på, opfinde, testamentere, udtænke, udarbejdeDanish
  • letztwillig vermachen, durch Testament verfügen, erdenken, ausdenken, planen, entwerfenGerman
  • σχεδιάσειGreek
  • درست کردنPersian
  • kekata, junailla, masinoida, keksiä, testamentata, suunnitellaFinnish
  • élaborer, concevoirFrench
  • cumIrish
  • הורישHebrew
  • architettare, congegnare, inventare, escogitareItalian
  • לִהַמצִיאHebrew
  • nectōLatin
  • whakangārahuMāori
  • deixar, tramar, projetar, idear, inventar, legar, delinearPortuguese
  • urziRomanian
  • замыслить, разрабатывать, завещать, замышлять, разработатьRussian
  • vyšpekulovať, poručiť, vymyslieť, odkázať, zanechaťSlovak
  • krijoj, sajojAlbanian
  • tänka ut, hitta på, uppfinnaSwedish
  • tasarlamak, miras bırakmakTurkish
  • Đưa raVietnamese
  • datikönVolapük

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    a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.
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