Definition of “devise” - English Dictionary

“devise” in British English

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deviseverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪz/ us /dɪˈvaɪz/

C2 to invent a plan, system, object, etc., usually using your intelligence or imagination:

He's good at devising language games that you can play with students in class.
The cartoon characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown were devised by Charles M. Schultz.

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  • Clinton and Zedillo ordered their respective Cabinets to devise a common counter-drug strategy.
  • We need to devise some sort of system whereby people can liaise with each other.
  • The umbrella was ingeniously devised to fold up into your pocket.
  • The scheme is devised for young people in the 15 - 20 age band.
  • The company has also devised a computer program that enables people to design their own homes.

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

“devise” in American English

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deviseverb [ T ]

us /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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“devise” in Business English

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deviseverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪz/ us

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.

devisenoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈvaɪz/ us LAW

property given to someone in a will (= document stating what will happen to someone's property after their death), or the part of a will that gives property to someone:

He made specific devises of various items of furniture.

(Definition of “devise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)