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Definitions for devise
dɪˈvaɪzde·vise

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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

Wiktionary

  1. devisenoun

    the act of leaving real property in a will

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

  2. devisenoun

    such a will, or a clause in such a will

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

  3. devisenoun

    the real property left in such a will

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

  4. deviseverb

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

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

  5. deviseverb

    To leave (property) in a will.

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

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

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

  2. Deviseverb

    to plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain

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

  3. Deviseverb

    to say; to relate; to describe

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

  4. Deviseverb

    to imagine; to guess

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

  5. Deviseverb

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

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

  6. Deviseverb

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

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

  7. Devisenoun

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

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

  8. Devisenoun

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

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

  9. Devisenoun

    property devised, or given by will

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

  10. Devisenoun

    device. See Device

    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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Numerology

  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. Prabhat Mittal:

    It is unbelievable, it is going to be very difficult for us to devise an appropriate entrance exam.

  2. Leonardo DaVinci:

    Human subtelty will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    More a person shows the people their true face, more number of ways most of them will devise to prove him wrong always.

  4. Frances Perkins and her colleagues:

    The process of recovery is not a simple one, we can not be satisfied merely with makeshift arrangements which will tide us over the present emergencies. We must devise plans that will not merely alleviate the ills of today, but will prevent, as far as it is humanly possible to do so, their recurrence in the future.

  5. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue -- they hate the lonesome ones.

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Translations for devise

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  • ابتكرArabic
  • завещавам, измислям, изобретявамBulgarian
  • divisar, copçar, preveureCatalan, Valencian
  • navrhnoutCzech
  • udarbejde, testamentere, finde på, opfinde, udtænkeDanish
  • entwerfen, erdenken, planen, letztwillig vermachen, ausdenken, durch Testament verfügenGerman
  • σχεδιάσειGreek
  • درست کردنPersian
  • suunnitella, junailla, kekata, masinoida, keksiä, testamentataFinnish
  • concevoir, élaborerFrench
  • cumIrish
  • הורישHebrew
  • inventare, escogitare, architettare, congegnareItalian
  • לִהַמצִיאHebrew
  • 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
  • Đưa raVietnamese
  • datikönVolapük

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