Definition and Meanings for devise
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Part of Speech of devise
transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun
Etymology of devise
Meaning of devise
as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun
- 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 plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
- to say; to relate; to describe.
- to imagine; to guess.
- to give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
as intransitive verb
- to form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
- the act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.
- a will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
- property devised, or given by will.
- device. see device.