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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·vise /dɪˈvaɪz/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·vise n.
 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·vise n. Device. See Device. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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