Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun devise

2 senses of devise

Sense 1
devise -- (a will disposing of real property)
       => will, testament -- (a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die)

Sense 2
devise -- ((law) a gift of real property by will)
       => gift -- (something acquired without compensation)
       => inheritance, heritage -- (that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb devise

3 senses of devise

Sense 1
invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge -- (come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 2
organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up, machinate -- (arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office")
       => initiate, pioneer -- (take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants")

Sense 3
devise -- (give by will, especially real property)
       => bequeath, will, leave -- (leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate")

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