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Definition 1: (law) a gift of real property by will - [noun denoting possession]

(devise is a kind of ...) that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner

(devise is a kind of ...) something acquired without compensation

(devise belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a will disposing of real property - [noun denoting possession]

(devise is a kind of ...) a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

Definition 3: come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort - [verb of creation]

Samples where devise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • excogitate a way to measure the speed of light

Synonyms for devise in the sense of this definition

(devise is a kind of ...) create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

Definition 4: arrange by systematic planning and united effort - [verb of creation]

Samples where devise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • machinate a plot
  • organize a strike
  • devise a plan to take over the director's office

Synonyms for devise in the sense of this definition

(devise is a kind of ...) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

"This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"

(... is a kind of devise ) prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance

"mount a theater production" "mount an attack" "mount a play"

(... is a kind of devise ) prepare or position for action or operation

"lay a fire" "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"

(... is a kind of devise ) begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.

"set up an election"

(... is a kind of devise ) make into a sandwich

(... is a kind of devise ) prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock

"spatchcock a guinea hen"

(... is a kind of devise ) prepare for battle or conflict

Definition 5: give by will, especially real property - [verb of possession]

(devise is a kind of ...) leave or give by will after one's death

"My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry" "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

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