Definitions for: Devise

[n] (law) a gift of real property by will
[n] a will disposing of real property
[v] come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
[v] arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"
[v] give by will, esp. real property

Webster (1913) Definition: De*vise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devised; p. pr. & vb.
n. Devising.] [OF. deviser to distribute, regulate, direct,
relate, F., to chat, fr. L. divisus divided, distributed, p.
p. of dividere. See Divide, and cf. Device.]
1. 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.

To devise curious works. --Ex. CCTV.

Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views.

2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.

For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore They are
which fortunes do by vows devise. --Spenser.

3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.] --Spenser.

5. (Law) To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly,
also, of chattels.

Syn: To bequeath; invent; discover; contrive; excogitate;
imagine; plan; scheme. See Bequeath.

De*vise", v. i.
To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.

I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer. --Pope.

Note: Devise was formerly followed by of; as, let us devise
of ease. --Spenser.

De*vise", n. [OF. devise division, deliberation, wish,
will, testament. See Device.]
1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; --
sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal

2. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of
a will making a gift of real property.

Fines upon devises were still exacted. --Bancroft.

3. Property devised, or given by will.

De*vise", n.
Device. See Device. [Obs.]

Synonyms: contrive, excogitate, forge, formulate, get up, invent, machinate, organise, organize, prepare

See Also: bequeath, create by mental act, create mentally, gift, heritage, inheritance, initiate, lay, leave, mount, pioneer, put on, sandwich, set up, spatchcock, testament, will, will

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