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  • n. the act of creating a plan or some object, especially a will
  • v. Present participle of devise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act that results in something coming to be


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  • I fully concede that you may not go through cost-benefit analysis in devising your preferred list of rights or your preferred set of first principles.

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  • Never adept with his hands, Bell had the good fortune to discover and inspire Thomas Watson, a young repair mechanic and model maker, who assisted him enthusiastically in devising an apparatus for transmitting sound by electricity.

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  • The EPA is prohibited by law from considering costs in devising regulations under the Clean Air Act and other major environmental statutes.

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  • The nationwide foreclosure mess "might shake up the banks enough to convince them to finally become real partners" in devising workable solutions for distressed borrowers, "forcing them to deal with the reality they've created."

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  • Costolo, 47, also has played a key role in devising an advertising for Twitter as it tries to make money from an online audience that ballooned from 3 million registered users when Williams became CEO in 2008 to 160 million now.

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  • The oligarchs had succeeded in devising a governmental machine, as intricate as it was vast, that worked -- and this despite all our efforts to clog and hamper.

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  • Congressional Republicans have not been honest partners in devising or implementing solutions, nor have they consistently offered good suggestions to improve the majority party's initiatives, and this in spite of Obama making concessions and going to such lengths in the early months of his term that he earned criticism for it.

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  • The renowned conductor says José Antonio Abreu should be honoured internationally for his achievement in devising El Sistema, the music education project

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  • Few writers today can match the author's skill in devising an intelligent thriller with heart.

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  • Mechanical ingenuity of narcotic smugglers is constantly being tested in devising new methods of bringing their contraband goods safely into the country.

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