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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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