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Verb: devise  di'vIz
  1. Come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    "devise a way to measure the speed of light";
    - invent, contrive, excogitate, formulate, forge
     
  2. Arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    "devise a plan to take over the director's office";
    - organize, organise [Brit], prepare, get up, machinate
     
  3. Give by will, especially real property
Noun: devise  di'vIz
  1. A will disposing of real property
     
  2. (law) a gift of real property by will

Derived forms: devised, devises, devising

Type of: bequeath, create by mental act, create mentally, gift, heritage, inheritance, initiate, leave, pioneer, testament, will

Encyclopedia: Devise, Somme