Definition of devise in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈvīz/


[with object]
1Plan or invent (a complex procedure, system, or mechanism) by careful thought: a training program should be devised a complicated game of his own devising
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  • Another system that devises methods to avoid errors is user-centered design.
  • The sheer scale of the plans devised by this team required the support of thousands of service personnel and civilians.
  • Third, it provides an opportunity for effective user involvement, as the patients assist in devising their own care plan.
conceive, think up, dream up, work out, formulate, concoct;
design, invent, coin, originate;
compose, construct, fabricate, create, produce, develop;
discover, hit on;
hatch, contrive
informal cook up
2 Law Leave (real estate) to someone by the terms of a will.
Example sentences
  • All the residue of my estate, including real and personal property, I give, devise, and bequeath to Earlham College.
  • All persons of sound mind are competent to bequeath and devise real and personal estate, excepting infants and married women.


A clause in a will leaving real estate to someone.
Example sentences
  • The issue, however, is whether the language of the devise of the Somerset Estate can fairly be interpreted so as to include the rights under the s. 2 reverter.
  • Transfers of real property by inheritance or devise are not subject to the real estate excise tax.



Pronunciation: /dəˈvīzəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Other half interest is devisable by will or passes by succession under probate statutes.
  • It follows from this that Loring, at the time of his death, had no devisable estate in the land, and that the heirs of his devisee cannot maintain this suit.
  • In modern times, they are generally alienable, devisable and inheritable.


Pronunciation: /dəˌvīˈzē/
sense 2 of the verb.
Example sentences
  • An applicant's failure to give information as required by this section is a breach of his duty to the heirs and devisees but does not affect the validity of the probate.
  • If passing by will, tenancy in common between devisees and survivor results.
  • Although this absence does not depict exemplary probate procedure, we must look to the purpose of the statute to determine whether appropriate notice is given to devisees and legatees.


Pronunciation: /dəˈvīzər/ Pronunciation: /dēˈvīzər/
Example sentences
  • The ‘Northern Exposure’ project, according to its devisers, Box Architecture, was achieved ‘by the placement of three built forms creating six distinct spaces’ to manipulate light and provide functionality for a family home.
  • In this Act ‘inventor’ in relation to an invention means the actual deviser of the invention and ‘joint inventor’ shall be construed accordingly.
  • The performers and devisers of the piece manipulate the glove puppets dressed in kabuki-style black costumes.


Pronunciation: /dəˈvīzər/
sense 2 of the verb.
Example sentences
  • In this condition of the real estate of the granddaughter, the devisor made his will.
  • A devise of property conveys all the estate of a devisor unless it appears by his will that he intended to convey a lesser estate.


Middle English: the verb from Old French deviser, from Latin divis- 'divided', from the verb dividere (this sense being reflected in the original English sense of the verb); the noun is a variant of device (in the early sense 'will, desire').

Words that rhyme with devise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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Syllabification: de·vise

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