from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive: devised a new system for handling mail orders.
- transitive v. Law To transmit or give (real property) by will.
- transitive v. Archaic To suppose; imagine.
- n. The act of transmitting or giving real property by will.
- n. The property or lands so transmitted or given.
- n. Law A will or clause in a will transmitting or giving real property.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).
- v. To leave (property) in a will.
- n. the act of leaving real property in a will
- n. such a will, or a clause in such a will
- n. the real property left in such a will
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
- transitive v. To say; to relate; to describe.
- transitive v. To imagine; to guess.
- transitive v. To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
- intransitive v. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
- n. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.
- n. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
- n. Property devised, or given by will.
- n. Device. See device.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divide; distinguish.
- To say; tell; relate; describe.
- To imagine; conjecture; guess, or guess at.
- To think or study out; elaborate in the mind; invent; contrive; plan: as, to devise a new machine, or a new method of doing anything; to devise a plan of defense; to devise schemes of plunder.
- To plan or scheme for; purpose to obtain.
- To give, assign, make over, or transmit (real property) by will.
- Synonyms To concoct, concert.
- To consider; lay a plan or plans; form a scheme or schemes; contrive.
- n. (dē˙-vīs′ ). An obsolete spelling of device.
- n. In law: The act of bequeathing by will.
- n. A will or testament.
- n. A gift of real property by will: sometimes loosely used of personal property.
- n. The clause in a will by which such gift is made.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (law) a gift of real property by will
- v. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
- n. a will disposing of real property
- v. give by will, especially real property
- v. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
Middle English devisen, from Old French deviser, from Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre, from Latin *dīvīsāre, frequentative of dīvidere, to divide; see divide.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English devisen, devysen, from Latin devisare, frequentative of devidere. (Wiktionary)