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tr.v. de·vised, de·vis·ing, de·vis·es
1. To form, plan, or arrange in the mind; design or contrive: devised a new system for handling mail orders.
2. Law To transmit or give (real property) by will.
3. Archaic To suppose; imagine.
n. Law
a. The act of transmitting or giving real property by will.
b. The property or lands so transmitted or given.
2. A will or clause in a will transmitting or giving real property.

[Middle English devisen, from Old French deviser, from Vulgar Latin *dēvīsāre, from Latin *dīvīsāre, frequentative of dīvidere, to divide; see divide.]

de·vis′a·ble adj.
de·vis′er n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deviser - a person who makes plansdeviser - a person who makes plans    
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
intriguer, designer - a person who devises plots or intrigues; "he is believed to be the principal designer of the terrorist bombing attack"
maneuverer, manoeuvrer - a person skilled in maneuvering
plotter, schemer - a planner who draws up a personal scheme of action
strategian, strategist - an expert in strategy (especially in warfare)
tactician - a person who is skilled at planning tactics
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[dɪˈvaɪzəʳ] N [of scheme, plan] → inventor(a) m/f
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Around the devisers of new values revolveth the world:--invisibly it revolveth.
Away from the market-place and from fame taketh place all that is great: away from the market-Place and from fame have ever dwelt the devisers of new values.
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Greg's sidekick and task deviser Alex Horne should get special mention.
Greg's sidekick and task deviser, Alex Horne, should get special mention.
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It is a personal story about "revisiting forgotten dreams and lost passions" inspired by deviser and cancer sufferer Mark Lloyd's wish to get the old band back together.
Il a suffi d'un appel lance par un groupe de citoyens sur les reseaux sociaux pour que des hommes et des femmes, tous ages et toutes categories confondus, se retrouvent sur l'esplanade de la Grande Poste pour deviser sur l'actualite.