- (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
- 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.
- (transitive) To leave (property) in a will.
- (intransitive, archaic) To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
- Alexander Pope
- I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer.
- Alexander Pope
- (transitive, archaic) To plan or scheme for; to plot to obtain.
- For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore / They are which fortunes do by vows devise.
- (obsolete) To imagine; to guess.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
use the intellect to plan or design
leave in a will
devise (plural devises)
- The act of leaving real property in a will.
- Such a will, or a clause in such a will.
- Fines upon devises were still exacted.
- The real property left in such a will.
- Design, devising.
devise f (plural devises)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “devise” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).