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Devise meaning

devise - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. give by will, especially real property
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
  4. 4. To say; to relate; to describe.
  5. 5. To imagine; to guess.
  6. 6. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
  7. 7. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
  8. 8. Property devised, or given by will.
  9. 9. Device. See Device.
  10. 10. An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some states, " devise" now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare legacy.
  11. 11. To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
  12. 12. Act of bequeathing.
  13. 13. Deviser, a contriver.
  14. 14. To contrive; scheme; give real estate by will.

devise - examples of usage

  1. Lincoln called two councils of war, to devise the means of retreating from the town, but all attempts of that kind were opposed, first by the civil authority, next by the South Carolina officers, and finally by the inhabitants. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  2. Mrs. Elmore said that of course it was now too late to hope to get anything done, and then set herself to devise the character that Lily would have appeared in if there had been time to get her ready, or if all the work- people had not been so busy that it was merely frantic to think of anything. - "A Fearful Responsibility and Other Stories", William D. Howells.
  3. This," continued I, " is the best scheme I can devise. - "The Frozen Pirate", W. Clark Russell.
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