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devise
used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

6 uses
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Definition
to come up with a way of doing something — typically a creative idea or plan
  • The boys looked at it briefly, quickly lost interest in it and started up a four-man baseball game of their own devising.
    Chapter 1 (98% in)
  • Since it was essential that a masquerade costume be decollete, she had devised a backless costume, the front cut to display her over-full bust and with one long sleeve to cover that right arm.
    Chapter 4 (61% in)
  • After trying to devise some simple games, Francie and Neeley lost interest, clumsily tied the contents of the box to a string, trailed the string out of the window and finally secured the string by shutting the window on it.
    Chapter 14 (58% in)
  • To Francie, watching, her face close to the iron mesh, this seemed the most fascinating occupation ever devised.
    Chapter 15 (20% in)
  • She devised a game in which each number was a family member and the "answer" made a family grouping with a story to it.
    Chapter 22 (43% in)
  • A few hypocrites devised such evasive games as "playing house" or "doctor.
    Chapter 33 (1% in)

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