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devise (verb) invent or plan (a method, a machine, etc.).
When you devise a method for making calculations very easy, you invent a method for it. When you devise a tool, you design it. You devise methods to evade tax, if you find out clever methods for evading or paying less tax. 'She devised a machine for cross-stitching.' This means she designed a new machine for cross-stitching.
- Hitler had devised the plan to invade Russia even by the time he had a cordial meeting with Stalin six months before he executed his plan.
- The Oil-for-Food was a scheme devised by the UN to make Iraq comply with certain policies that help in maintaining world peace.