Definition of devise :
1. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
2. Device. See Device.
3. Property devised, or given by will.
4. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
5. 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.
6. To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
7. To imagine; to guess.
8. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
9. To say; to relate; to describe.
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order (part of speech: verb)
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prepare (part of speech: verb)
predetermine (part of speech: verb)
- Then it was pleasant to be thrown with such a bright companion as Dorothy, who was always ready to devise some new play or to shake out a bag of pretty pieces for doll clothes.
- Those interested in extending the market for this vegetable will do well to devise special means for introducing it into families not familiar with it. - "The Cauliflower", A. A. Crozier.
- In the very hour when my mind could devise no clue to the goal of vengeance, have ye sent this fair fool for my guide? - "The Last Days of Pompeii", Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.