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Definitions of devise

  1. come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. give by will, esp. real property Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (law) a gift of real property by will Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a will disposing of real property Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. give by will, especially real property Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To say; to relate; to describe. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To imagine; to guess. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Property devised, or given by will. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Device. See Device. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some states, "devise" now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare legacy.
  16. To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To image; scheme; contrive; concoct; bequeath or give by will. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A gift of real property by will; a will. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. To imagine: to scheme: to contrive: to give by will: to bequeath. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Act of bequeathing: a will: property bequeathed by will. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Act of bequeathing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Deviser, a contriver. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. To contrive; scheme; give real estate by will. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To invent; contrive; plan. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. To transmit by will. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A bequest of real estate; also, the will or clause conveying it. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. To consider. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. The act of giving or distributing real estate by a testator; a will; a share of estate bequeathed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. To contrive; to form in the mind; to scheme; to bequeath by will. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; - sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To form in the mind; to plan; to scheme; to give or bequeath by will; to contrive; to project. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  32. A will; a bequeathing by will; that which is bequeathed by will. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  33. To give by will; -- used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels. mso.anu.edu.au
  34. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; -- sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate. mso.anu.edu.au
  35. To give by will; used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels. dictgcide_fs
  36. The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate. dictgcide_fs
  37. de-v[=i]z', v.t. to imagine: to scheme: to contrive: to give by will: to bequeath.--v.i. to consider, scheme.--n. act of bequeathing: a will: property bequeathed by will.--adj. DEVIS'ABLE.--ns. DEVIS'AL; DEVIS[=E][E]', one to whom real estate is bequeathed; DEVIS'ER, one who contrives; DEVIS'OR, one who bequeaths. [O. Fr. deviser, devise--Low L. divisa, a division of goods, a mark, a device--L. divid[)e]re, divisum, to divide.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  38. (Law) assign, give, (realty; cf. bequeath) by will (n., this act, clause effecting it), whence devisor devisee, nn.; plan, contrive, invent, plot, scheme, (thing, how, or abs.). Hence or cogn. devisable a., deviser, n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. [Fr., divide, to sort into parcels.] (Leg.) Properly to transmit real property by will, as bequeath is used of personal property; but D. also = bequeath. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  40. n. Act of giving or disposing of real estate by a will;—a will or testament, properly of real estate;—property devised or given by will. Cabinet Dictionary
  41. The act of giving or bequeathing by will. Complete Dictionary

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