Dictionary: DE-VISE' – DE-VOT-ED'

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DE-VISE', n.2

Contrivance; scheme invented. [Obs.] – Hooker.

DE-VISE', v.i.

To consider; to contrive; to lay a plan; to form a scheme. Devise how you will use him, when he comes. – Shak. Formerly followed by of; as, let us devise of ease. – Spenser.

DE-VISE', v.t. [s as z; Fr. deviser, to talk or interchange thoughts; It. divisare, to think, divide or share; from L. divisus, divido.]

  1. To invent; to contrive; to form in the mind by new combinations of ideas, new applications of principles, or new arrangement of parts; to excogitate; to strike out by thought; to plan; to scheme; to project; as, to devise an engine or machine; to devise a new mode of writing; to devise a plan of defense; to devise arguments. To devise curious works in gold and silver. – Ex. xxxv. In a bad sense: Devise not evil against thy neighbor. – Prov. iii.
  2. To give or bequeath by will, as land or other real estate. – Blackstone.

DE-VIS'ED, pp.

Given by will; bequeathed; contrived.

DEV-I-SEE', n.

The person to whom a devise is made; one to whom real estate is bequeathed.


One who contrives or invents; a contriver; an inventor. – Grew.

DE-VIS'ING, ppr.

  1. Contriving; inventing; forming a scheme or plan.
  2. Giving by will; bequeathing.


One who gives by will; one who bequeaths lands or tenements. – Blackstone.


Avoidable. [Not in use.]


An escaping. [Not in use.]

DEV-O-CA'TION, n. [L. devocatio.]

A calling away; seduction. [Not in use.] – Hallywell.

DE-VOID', a. [de and void, Fr. vuide, vide. See Void.]

  1. Void; empty; vacant; applied to place. – Spenser.
  2. Destitute; not possessing; as, devoid of understanding.
  3. Free from; as, devoid of fear or shame.

DE-VOIR', n. [Fr. devoir; It. dovere; from L. debeo, to owe.]

Primarily, service or duty. Hence, an act of civility or respect; respectful notice due to another; as, we paid our devoirs to the queen, or to the ladies.

DEV-O-LU'TION, n. [L. devolutio.]

  1. The act of rolling down; as, the devolution of earth into a valley. – Woodward.
  2. Removal from one person to another; a passing or falling upon a successor. – Hale.

DE-VOLVE', v.i. [devolv'; L. devolvo; de and volvo, to roll, Eng. to wallow.]

  1. To roll down; to pour or flow with windings. Through splendid kingdoms he devolves his maze. – Thomson.
  2. To move from one person to another; to deliver over, or from one possessor to a successor. The king devolved the care and disposition of affairs on the duke of Ormond. – Temple. Gibbon.

DE-VOLVE', v.t. [devolv'.]

Literally, to roll down: hence, to pass from one to another; to fall by succession from one possessor to his successor. In the absence of the commander in chief, the command devolved on the next officer in rank. On the death of the prince, the crown devolved on his eldest son.


Rolled down; passed over to another.


Rolling down; falling to a successor.


The act of devolving.


The act of devouring.


A votary. [Not in use.] – Gregory.

DE-VOTE', a.

Devoted. – Milton.

DE-VOTE', n.

A devotee. – Sandys.

DE-VOTE', v.t. [L. devoveo, devotus; de and voveo, to vow; Fr. devouer.]

  1. To appropriate by vow; to set apart or dedicate by a solemn act; to consecrate. No devoted thing that a man shall devote to the Lord, shall be sold or redeemed. Every devoted thing is most holy to the lord. Lev. xxvii.
  2. To give up wholly; to addict; to direct the attention wholly or chiefly; to attach; as, to devote one's self to science; to devote ourselves to our friends, or to their interest or pleasure.
  3. To give up; to resign; as, aliens were devoted to rapine; the city was devoted to the flames.
  4. To doom; to consign over; as, to devote one to destruction.
  5. To execrate; to doom to evil. – Rowe.

DE-VOT-ED', pp.

Appropriated by vow; solemnly set apart or dedicated; consecrated; addicted; given up; doomed; consigned.