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English definition of “device”

device

noun [C] (METHOD)    /dɪˈvaɪs/
a method that is used to produce a particular effect : a literary / rhetorical device A trademark can be a powerful marketing device. [+ to infinitive] Her cool manner is just a device to avoid having to talk to people .Ways of achieving things
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