Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) (law) a gift of real property by will
  2. (noun, possession) a will disposing of real property
  3. (verb, creation) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
  4. (verb, creation) arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    organize a strike
    devise a plan to take over the director's office
  5. (verb, possession) give by will, especially real property

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Origin of the word Devise

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. deviser "dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive," from V.L. *divisare, freq. of L. dividere "to divide" (see divide). Modern sense is from "to arrange a division" (especially via a will), a meaning present in the O.Fr. word. more

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