Part of speech: verb

To invent; contrive; plan.

Part of speech: verb

To transmit by will.

Part of speech: noun

A bequest of real estate; also, the will or clause conveying it.

Part of speech: verb

To consider.

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Usage examples "devise":

  1. He said, 'I devise you to let that child alone. - "Dotty Dimple At Home", Sophie May.
  2. As it seemed, however, very improbable that the board would devise anything of the kind, Burghley expressed the belief that the country was like to continue in the Earl's government without any change whatever. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
  3. Should they in their wisdom devise any other mode better calculated to accomplish the same object, it shall meet with my hearty concurrence. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.