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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.devising - the act that results in something coming to bedevising - the act that results in something coming to be; "the devising of plans"; "the fashioning of pots and pans"; "the making of measurements"; "it was already in the making"
production - the act or process of producing something; "Shakespeare's production of poetry was enormous"; "the production of white blood cells"
cartography, mapmaking - the making of maps and charts
film making, movie making, moviemaking - the production of movies
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Even in the apparently hopeless event of her devising a means of getting at the admiral's keys, she could not count on retaining possession of them unsuspected more than a few hours -- hours which might be utterly wasted through her not knowing in what direction to begin the search.
In sections on devising as collaborative art, formal politics, regional practices, and northern approaches, they consider such topics as specters of Connolly: </The Non-Stop Connolly Show/> reconsidered, a critical and historical analysis of the Upstate Theatre Project, mapping contemporary European theatre(s): reconsidering notions of devised and post-dramatic theaters, staging Blue Rainbow's production of W.
Part 3, "Devising," includes: Jackie Smart, "The Feeling of Devising: Emotion and Mind in the Devising Process" (101-14); Ana Pais, A Way of Listening : Interview with John Collins (artistic director, Elevator Repair Service, New York)" (115-24); Alex Mermikides, "The Appliance of Science: Devising, Dramaturgy and the Alternative Science Play" (125-44).
Devising consumption requires practical mixtures of commerce and art whether the product is an insurance policy or the next gadget in the internet of things.
State Minister for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman has said that the government is devising a comprehensive information technology and telecom policy by reviewing the laws regarding omission of carbon, recycling of e-material and environmental protection issues in the telecom sector.
In devising an Islamic-Iranian model of progress, thought, science, spirituality and life should be taken into consideration.
The devising process was a mixture of dance leading music and sometimes music leading dance.
The directive said that apart from exploring the financial support programs in the public sector, the plan should also consider involving the private sector in devising the plan, the spokesperson said.
We are now devising a business plan involving new premises and a growing army of soap-makers.