Definition of devise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

devise

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they devise
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪz//
 
he / she / it devises
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪzɪz//
 
past simple devised
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪzd//
 
past participle devised
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪzd//
 
-ing form devising
BrE BrE//dɪˈvaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈvaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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devise something to invent something new or a new way of doing something synonym think up A new system has been devised to control traffic in the city. Word Origin Middle English: the verb from Old French deviser, from Latin divis- ‘divided’, from the verb dividere (this sense being reflected in the original English sense of the verb); the noun is a variant of device (in the early sense ‘will, desire’).Extra examples Scientists have devised a method of recycling the contaminated oil. We must devise a new system for dealing with complaints. specially devised tests
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