verb (used with object), devised, devising.
to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles or ideas:
to devise a method.
Law. to assign or transmit (property) by will.
Archaic. to imagine; suppose.
verb (used without object), devised, devising.
to form a plan; contrive.

the act of disposing of property, especially real property, by will.
a will or clause in a will disposing of property, especially real property.
the property so disposed of.

to work out, contrive, or plan (something) in one’s mind
(transitive) (law) to dispose of (property, esp real property) by will
(transitive) (obsolete) to imagine or guess
noun (law)

a disposition of property by will
the property so transmitted Compare bequeath (sense 1)

a will or clause in a will disposing of real property Compare bequest (sense 2)


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