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devise definition

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This page has 20 definitions of devise with English translations in 4 languages. Devise is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use devise in a sentence are shown. Also define these 21 related words and terms: intellect, plan, design, leave, property, will, imagine, guess, clause, devising, heraldry, motto, finance, asset, currency, deviser, yo, devisar, usted, él, and ella.

See also: Devise and devisé

English devise definition

Etymology

From Middle English devisen, devysen, from Old French deviser, from Vulgar Latin devisō, from Latin dīvisō, frequentative of dīvidō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈvaɪz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪz
  • Hyphenation: de‧vise

Verb

devise (third-person singular simple present devises, present participle devising, simple past and past participle devised)

  1. (transitive) To use one's intellect to plan or design (something).
    to devise an argument; to devise a machine, or a new system of writing
    • 1834-1874, George Bancroft, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.
      devising schemes to realize his ambitious views
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar, Cambridge: University Press, →ISBN, page 23:
      Thus, the task of the linguist devising a grammar which models the linguistic competence of the fluent native speaker is to devise a finite set of rules which are capable of specifying how to form, interpret, and pronounce an infinite set of well-formed sentences.
    • 2019 March 21, Setboonsarg, Chayut; Johnson, Kay, “Numbers game: How Thailand's election system favors pro-army parties”, in Birsel, Robert, editor, Reuters[1], Reuters, retrieved 2019-03-23:
      Thailand goes to the polls on Sunday under a new system that critics say the military government has devised to prevent the most popular political party, which has won every election since 2001, from returning to power.
    • Design definition
      A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem. (1 of 8 design definitions)
  2. (transitive) To leave (property) in a will.
    • Leave definition
      To have a consequence or remnant.
      1. To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely. (1 of 15 leave definitions)
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To plan or scheme for; to plot to obtain.
  5. (obsolete) To imagine; to guess.
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Translations

Noun

devise (plural devises)

  1. The act of leaving real property in a will.
  2. Such a will, or a clause in such a will.
    • 1834-1874, George Bancroft, History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent.
      Fines upon devises were still exacted.
    • Clause definition
      A verb, its necessary grammatical arguments, and any adjuncts affecting them. (1 of 3 clause definitions)
  3. The real property left in such a will.
  4. Design, devising.
    • 2010, Carl Anderson, Fragments of a Scattered Brain →ISBN, page 83
      I don't know how I got to be so sour on life, but I'm constantly in solitary confinement of my own devise, []

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Danish devise definition

Pronunciation

Noun

devise c (singular definite devisen, plural indefinite deviser)

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French devise definition

Etymology

From deviser. The financial sense is a semantic loan from German Devise.

Pronunciation

Noun

devise f (plural devises)

  1. (heraldry) motto
  2. (finance) assets in foreign currency
  3. (finance, by extension) currency

Verb

devise

  1. inflection of deviser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

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Spanish devise definition

Verb

devise

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of devisar.
    • Devisar definition
      to plan; to design; to devise
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of devisar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of devisar.
    • Él definition
      he
    • Ella definition
      she
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of devisar.