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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.
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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.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also announced for taking suggestions from the opposition and intellectuals for devising a joint strategy over the matter.
He stressed for devising strategy to avert such incidents in future.
He said a team of experts is devising details of the plan in consultation with stakeholders to achieve this target.
ISLAMABAD -- Planning and Development Minister Khusro Bakhtiar said on Wednesday that imports from China have reached $18 billion and the country needs to adopt import substitution policies for which government is devising policy packages.
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).
Synopsis: "Devising Consumption: Cultural Economies of Insurance, Credit and Spending" explores the vital role played by the financial service industries in enabling the poor to consume over the last hundred and fifty years.
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.