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devise

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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Middle English devisen, devysen, from Old French deviser, from Vulgar Latin devisō, from Latin dīvisō, frequentative of dīvidō.

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VerbEdit

devise (third-person singular simple present devises, present participle devising, simple past and past participle devised)

  1. (transitive) To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).
    to devise an argument; to devise a machine, or a new system of writing
    • Bancroft
      devising schemes to realize his ambitious views
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar, Cambridge: University Press, ISBN 0-521-34750-5, page 23:
      Thus, the task of the linguist devising a grammar which models the linguistic competence of the fluent native speaker is to devise a finite set of rules which are capable of specifying how to form, interpret, and pronounce an infinite set of well-formed sentences.
  2. (transitive) To leave (property) in a will.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
    • Alexander Pope
      I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To plan or scheme for; to plot to obtain.
    • Spenser
      For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore / They are which fortunes do by vows devise.
  5. (obsolete) To imagine; to guess.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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NounEdit

devise (plural devises)

  1. The act of leaving real property in a will.
  2. Such a will, or a clause in such a will.
    • Bancroft
      Fines upon devises were still exacted.
  3. The real property left in such a will.

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FrenchEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From deviser.

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NounEdit

devise f (plural devises)

  1. currency
  2. (heraldry) motto

VerbEdit

devise

  1. first-person singular present indicative of deviser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of deviser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of deviser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of deviser
  5. second-person singular imperative of deviser

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