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devise


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devise  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devise  \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 
  estate. 
 
  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devise  \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. 
  32. 
 
  Devising  schemes  to  realize  his  ambitious  views. 
  --Bancroft. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Devise  \De*vise"\,  n. 
  Device.  See  {Device}.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  devise 
  n  1:  a  will  disposing  of  real  property 
  2:  (law)  a  gift  of  real  estate  by  will 
  v  1:  come  up  with  [syn:  {invent},  {contrive},  {excogitate},  {formulate}, 
  {forge}] 
  2:  arrange  by  systematic  planning  and  united  effort  [syn:  {organize}, 
  {prepare},  {get  up}] 




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