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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.
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


[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.
Delacroix emulated the Eastern scenes so commonplace in his time, particularly those of Napoleon's North African expeditions, and the historical theatricalities of such painters as Paul Delaroche, deviser of The Boy Princes in the Tower, The Execution of Lady Jane Grey and similar lugubrious spectacles.
Following a period as Research Author at the History of Parliament Trust (1971-77), he has worked continuously, and particularly in Wales, as an author, editor, exhibition and audio tour deviser and text writer, consultant on historical tourism, and restorer and recreator of historic buildings and interiors.
The show's deviser, Dianne Nelmes, was at Sunderland University as part of the regional Royal Television Society's (RTS) 30th anniversary celebrations.
Quebec actress-warbler Carole Laure turns to directing, considerably assisted by her stic deviser, co-screenwriter, co-producer and d.
While it is not known precisely what was presented in the three-day performance of the Christina play that occurred at Bethersden in 1519-21, the presence of playwardens, rehearsals, banns, a deviser and his equipment (in other words, a 'property player'), a dressing chamber, and a stage would argue strongly for a large production of a type related instead to the gargantuan theatrical events that were mounted on the Continent.
Our style is an exhilarating collision of anarchic verbal slapstick, visual surprises, absurd scenarios and ridiculous comic performances," explains performer, deviser and cofounder John Nicholson.
Regensburg abounded in pictures by its favourite citizen, Alderman Albrecht Altdorfer, lyricist of the Danube landscape and inventive deviser of religious scenes.
The show's deviser Dianne Nelmes has challenged students to come up with original ideas for the show and promised to give work experience to those who came up with the best three ideas.
If the BBC was going to take someone's idea, make it over, use excerpts from it, repeat selected programmes, and devote airtime to knocking them down, it might have been a courtesy to tell the deviser that this was going to happen.