verb \di-ˈvīz\

: to invent or plan (something that is difficult or complicated)


Full Definition of DEVISE

transitive verb
a :  to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles :  invent <devise a new strategy>
b archaic :  conceive, imagine
c :  to plan to obtain or bring about :  plot <devise one's death>
:  to give (real estate) by will — compare bequeath
de·vis·able \-ˈvī-zə-bəl\ adjective
de·vis·er noun

Examples of DEVISE

  1. They have devised a new method for converting sunlight into electricity.
  2. <she quickly devised a new scheme when the first one failed>

Origin of DEVISE

Middle English, from Anglo-French deviser, diviser, to divide, distinguish, invent, from Vulgar Latin *divisare, frequentative of Latin dividere to divide
First Known Use: 13th century



Definition of DEVISE

:  the act of giving or disposing of real property by will
:  a will or clause of a will disposing of real property
:  property devised by will

First Known Use of DEVISE

15th century


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