v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Devised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Devising.]
To devise curious works.
- Ex. CCTV. 32.
2.To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
3.To say; to relate; to describe.
4.To imagine; to guess.
5.(Law) To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
v. i.1.To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
n.1.The act of giving or disposing of real estate by will; - sometimes improperly applied to a bequest of personal estate.
2.A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
3.Property devised, or given by will.
1.Device. See Device.
Noun1.devise - a will disposing of real property
2.devise - (law) a gift of real property by will
Verb1.devise - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
2.devise - arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"
3.devise - give by will, especially real property

DEVISE. A devise is a disposition of real property by a person's last will and testament, to tale effect after the testator's death.
     2. Its form is immaterial, provided the instrument is to take effect after the death of the party; and a paper in the form of an indenture, which is to have that effect, is considered as a devise. Finch. 195 6 Watts, 522; 3 Rawle, 15; 4 Desaus. 617, 313; 1 Mod. 117; 1 Black. R. 345.
     3. The term devise, properly and technically, applies only to real estate the object of the devise must therefore be that kind of property. 1 Hill. Ab. ch. 36, n. 62 to 74. Devise is also sometimes improperly applied to a bequest or legacy. (q.v.) Vide 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 2095, et seq; 4 Kent, Com. 489 8 Vin. Ab. 41 Com. Dig. Estates by Devise.
     4. In the Year Book, 9 H. VI. 24, b. A. D. 1430, Babington says, the nature of a devise, when lands are devisable, is, that one can devise that his lands shall be sold by executors and this is good. And a devise in such form has always been in use. And so a man may have frank tenement of him who had nothing, in the same manner as one may have fire from a flint, and yet there is no fire in the flint. But it is to perform the last will of the devisor.

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