Definitions of devise

  1. To plan or scheme for; to purpose to obtain.
  2. To say; to relate; to describe.
  3. To imagine; to guess.
  4. To give by will; - used of real estate; formerly, also, of chattels.
  5. To image; scheme; contrive; concoct; bequeath or give by will.
  6. To imagine: to scheme: to contrive: to give by will: to bequeath.
  7. To contrive; scheme; give real estate by will.
  8. To form a scheme; to lay a plan; to contrive; to consider.
  9. arrange by systematic planning and united effort; " machinate a plot"; " organize a strike"; " devise a plan to take over the director's office"
  10. give by will, especially real property
  11. To form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts; to formulate by thought; to contrive; to excogitate; to invent; to plan; to scheme; as, to devise an engine, a new mode of writing, a plan of defense, or an argument.
  12. An old legal term that is generally used to refer to real estate left to someone under the terms of a will, or to the act of leaving such real estate. In some states, " devise" now applies to any kind of property left by will, making it identical to the term bequest. Compare legacy.
  13. To consider.
  14. To contrive; to form in the mind; to scheme; to bequeath by will.
  15. To form in the mind; to plan; to scheme; to give or bequeath by will; to contrive; to project.
  16. ( law) a gift of real property by will
  17. a will disposing of real property
  18. A will or testament, conveying real estate; the clause of a will making a gift of real property.
  19. Device. See Device.
  20. A gift of real property by will; a will.
  21. Act of bequeathing: a will: property bequeathed by will.
  22. Act of bequeathing.
  23. Deviser, a contriver.
  24. A bequest of real estate; also, the will or clause conveying it.
  25. The act of giving or distributing real estate by a testator; a will; a share of estate bequeathed.
  26. A will; a bequeathing by will; that which is bequeathed by will.