American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive: devised a new system for handling mail orders.
- v. Law To transmit or give (real property) by will.
- 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.
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.
- v. transitive To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).
- v. transitive 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
- v. obsolete To say; to relate; to describe.
- v. obsolete To imagine; to guess.
- v. (Law) To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
- 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. obsolete Device. See device.
- 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, devysen, from Latin devisare, frequentative of devidere. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“This devise is a little far fetched but allows the narrator to continue his long life of crime and McCabe to produce an unforgettable black work.”
“A gradation: "devise" is the conception of the evil purpose; "work" (Ps 58: 2), or "fabricate," the maturing of the scheme;”
“Some valid discoveries have been made, so it is probably better grounded than String Theory, which is still stuck in "devise some explanation to explain the data" mode.”
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“Where, midst the flowers, the finch's lay Shall welcome you with music gay; While you shall bid our antique tongue Some word devise, or air supply, Like those that charm'd your youth so long, And lent a spell to memory.”
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“And as to taking by devise, that is a taking by purchase, as was adjudged by the Lords in the case of Bofper and (1)”
“He replied, “I know not; but thou art better able to judge, being acquainted with the ways of thy man, more by token that thou art one of the sharpest-witted of women and past mistress of devices such as devise that whereof fail the wise.””
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