Devise

Definition of Devise

De`vise´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Devised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Devising.]
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.
4.To imagine; to guess.
5.(Law) To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
v. i.1.To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer.
- Pope.
n.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.
1.Device. See Device.

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