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devise

verb [T]
 
 
/dɪˈvaɪz/
to use knowledge and imagination to think of or plan something: He set about devising a plan to revive the automaker and improve its profitability. She led a small team that worked for years to devise a way to create a silicon power amp for an earlier generation of cell phones.
LAW to leave someone money or property in a will (= document stating what will happen to someone's property after their death): devise sth to sb I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to my daughter Eva $10,000.
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