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English noun: devise

1. devise (possession) a will disposing of real property

Broader (hypernym)testament, will

2. devise (possession) (law) a gift of real property by will

Broader (hypernym)gift, heritage, inheritance

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

English verb: devise

1. devise (creation) come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

SamplesExcogitate a way to measure the speed of light.

ExamplesDid he devise his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymscontrive, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

2. devise (creation) arrange by systematic planning and united effort

SamplesMachinate a plot.
Organize a strike.
Devise a plan to take over the director's office.

Synonymsget up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer

Narrower (hyponym)embattle, lay, mount, put on, sandwich, set up, spatchcock

3. devise (possession) give by will, especially real property

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bequeath, leave, will

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