de-vise

devise

[dih-vahyz]
verb (used with object), devised, devising.
1.
to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas: to devise a method.
2.
Law. to assign or transmit (property) by will.
3.
Archaic. to imagine; suppose.
verb (used without object), devised, devising.
4.
to form a plan; contrive.
noun
5.
Law.
a.
the act of disposing of property, especially real property, by will.
b.
a will or clause in a will disposing of property, especially real property.
c.
the property so disposed of.

Origin:
1150–1200; (v.) Middle English devisen to inspect, design, compose < Old French deviser < Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre, for *dīvīsāre, frequentative of Latin dīvidere to divide; (noun) see device

deviser, noun
predevise, verb (used with object), predevised, predevising.
self-devised, adjective
undevised, adjective
well-devised, adjective

device, devise.


1. See prepare.
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devise (dɪˈvaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to work out, contrive, or plan (something) in one's mind
2.  (tr) law to dispose of (property, esp real property) by will
3.  obsolete (tr) to imagine or guess
 
n
4.  a.  a disposition of property by will
 b.  Compare bequeath the property so transmitted
5.  Compare bequest a will or clause in a will disposing of real property
 
[C15: from Old French deviser to divide, apportion, intend, from Latin dīvidere to divide]
 
de'viser
 
n

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devise
c.1300, from O.Fr. deviser "dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive," from V.L. *divisare, freq. of L. dividere "to divide" (see divide). Modern sense is from "to arrange a division" (especially via a will), a meaning present in the O.Fr. word.
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