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Definition to come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan

In law, devise can also reference a gift given in a will (or the act of bequeathing such a gift).
  • She plans to devise something to launch water balloons.
devise = come up with (invent or create)
  • This may be our last chance to devise a compromise that will save the peace.
  • devise = come up with (invent or create)
  • To paraphrase Churchill, "Democracy is the worst form of government ever devised by the mind of man, except for all the other forms that have been tried from time to time."
  • devised = come up with (created)
  • Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.
    Frederick Henry Hedge
  • devised a way to distribute the risk and benefits
  • we can devise a thousand honest ways of making a livelihood.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises.
    Psalm 10:2
  • Therefore devise with me how we may fly,
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  •   Then comes she to me,
      And with wild looks, bid me devise some means
      To rid her from this second marriage,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • devise = come up with (invent)
  • Jem, educated on a half-Decimal half-Duncecap basis, seemed to function effectively alone or in a group, but Jem was a poor example: no tutorial system devised by man could have stopped him from getting at books.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • devised = invented
  • You must devise a way so that you sleep a little if he is quiet and steady.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • devise = come up with (invent)
  • Then he devised a way.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • devised = came up with (invented or created)
  •   Bid her devise
      some means to come to shrift this afternoon.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • devise = come up with (invent)
  • I do protest I never injur'd thee,
      But love thee better than thou canst devise,
      Till thou shalt know the reason of my love.
      And so good Capulet—which name I tender
      As dearly as mine own—be satisfied.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • devise = imagine (invent in the mind)
  • So a new technique was devised.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • In order to keep you safe, we devised a way for you to be separated from us.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • It was clear that he had devised these beds long before; last night he slept on the sofa.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • But slowly it dawned upon my love-drunk skull: he had only welcomed me there after devising his program to make me whole!
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A thing devised by the enemy.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • While I'm sure your men won't like that much, we'll have a very long time to devise our next move."
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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