AskDefine | Define devise

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1 a will disposing of real property
2 (law) a gift of real property by will


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

User Contributed Dictionary

see Devise





  1. To use the intellect to plan or design something.
  2. To leave property in a will.


To use the intellect to plan or design sth
To leave property in a will


  1. the act of leaving real property in a will
  2. such a will, or a clause in such a will
  3. the real property left in such a will

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Extensive Definition

Devise may refer to:
  • To invent something
  • A disposition of real property in a will

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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