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devise

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verb de·vise \di-ˈvīz\

Simple Definition of devise

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

Full Definition of devise

de·visedde·vis·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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>

  3. 2 :  to give (real estate) by will — compare bequeath

de·vis·able play \-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


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devise

noun de·vise

Definition of devise

  1. 1 :  the act of giving or disposing of real property by will

  2. 2 :  a will or clause of a will disposing of real property

  3. 3 :  property devised by will



15th Century

First Known Use of devise

15th century



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