[ UK /dɪvˈa‍ɪz/ ]
[ US /dɪˈvaɪs, dɪˈvaɪz/ ]
  1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    excogitate a way to measure the speed of light
  2. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
    machinate a plot
    devise a plan to take over the director's office
    organize a strike
  3. give by will, especially real property
  1. (law) a gift of real property by will
  2. a will disposing of real property
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How To Use devise In A Sentence

  • He first constructed a horizontal wheel that he named a Danaide, and later devised another, the Vortex Water Wheel, which he patented in July 1850 and which came to be used extensively.
  • When the new student funding system was devised in 2010 the figure was just 28%. Times, Sunday Times
  • He could hardly be said to have "devised a feasible method for regular use. FINGERPRINTS: Murder and the Race to Uncover the Science of Identity
  • We have devised a functional approach to clone genes involved in the regulation of cell growth and senescence.
  • In the twelfth century the canon lawyers devised an elaborate, and comparatively humane, legal framework for poor relief.
  • One such is the following chart, which can be used to devise typical bureaucratic phrases that sound impressive but mean nothing.
  • An inventor in Finland has devised a new method of keeping dogs safe from wolves: little protective vests. Times, Sunday Times
  • He replied, “I know not; but thou art better able to judge, being acquainted with the ways of thy man, more by token that thou art one of the sharpest-witted of women and past mistress of devices such as devise that whereof fail the wise.” The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night
  • To circumvent this problem, I have devised a system of price bands. The A-Z of Beauty Treatment
  • Gore then devised a plan to burn down the house, destroying any forensic evidence he might have left behind.
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