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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
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.
To devise curious works. --Ex. CCTV.
Devising schemes to realize his ambitious views.
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.
3. To say; to relate; to describe. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
4. To imagine; to guess. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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.
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