1. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.
2. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
Fines upon devises were still exacted. --Bancroft.
3. Property devised, or given by will.
De·vise n. Device. See Device. [Obs.]
De·vise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devised p. pr. & vb. n. Devising.]
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.
To devise curious works. --Ex. CCTV. 32.
Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views. --Bancroft.
2. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
For wisdom is most riches; fools therefore
They are which fortunes do by vows devise. --Spenser.
3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.]
4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.]
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.
De·vise, v. i. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
I thought, devised, and Pallas heard my prayer. --Pope.
Note: ☞ Devise was formerly followed by of; as, let us devise of ease.
n 1: a will disposing of real property
2: (law) a gift of real property by will
v 1: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or
priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to
measure the speed of light" [syn: invent, contrive,
excogitate, formulate, forge]
2: arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate
a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over
the director's office" [syn: organize, organise, prepare,
get up, machinate]
3: give by will, especially real property