Devise 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. [1913 Webster]

To devise curious works. --Ex. CCTV. 32. [1913 Webster]

Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]

2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain. [1913 Webster]

For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore They are which fortunes do by vows devise. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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