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English definition of “devise”

devise

verb [T]    /dɪˈvɑɪz/
to invent something, esp. with intelligence or imagination: He devised a new way to treat mental depression. The committee is devising an agenda for the upcoming political convention.
(Definition of devise verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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