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.

 

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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.

Devise was formerly followed by of; as, let us devise of ease.

Spenser.

 

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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.

 

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De*vise" (?), n.

Device. See Device.

[Obs.]

 

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