1. [ verb ] come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
Synonyms: invent formulate forge contrive excogitate

"excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"

Related terms: create_by_mental_act invention planner invention formula inventor excogitator excogitation devisal
2. [ verb ] arrange by systematic planning and united effort
Synonyms: prepare organize machinate organise get_up

"machinate a plot" "organize a strike" "devise a plan to take over the director's office"

Related terms: initiate lay set_up spatchcock mount sandwich organization constitution organization intrigue
3. [ noun ] (writing) a will disposing of real property
Related terms: will
4. [ verb ] give by will, especially real property
Related terms: bequeath
5. [ noun ] (law) a gift of real estate by will
Related terms: gift inheritance inheritance law
Similar spelling:   devisee