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"devise" in British English

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deviseverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈvaɪz/
C2 to ​invent a ​plan, ​system, ​object, etc., usually using ​yourintelligence or ​imagination: He's good at devising ​languagegames that you can ​play with ​students in ​class. The ​cartooncharacters Snoopy and Charlie Brown were devised by Charles M. Schultz.

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(Definition of devise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deviseverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈvɑɪz/
to ​invent something, esp. with ​intelligence or ​imagination: He devised a new way to ​treatmentaldepression. The ​committee is devising an ​agenda for the ​upcomingpoliticalconvention.
(Definition of devise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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deviseverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​smallteam that ​worked for ​years to devise a way to ​create a ​siliconpower amp for an earlier ​generation of ​cellphones.
LAW to ​leave someone ​money or ​property in a will (= ​documentstating 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.

devisenoun [C]

uk   us   /dɪˈvaɪz/ LAW
property given to someone in a will (= ​documentstating what will ​happen to someone's ​property after their death), or the ​part of a will that gives ​property to someone: He madespecific devises of various ​items of furniture.
(Definition of devise from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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