To devise is to figure out a plan. Men twirling long mustaches might devise a plan to tie someone to the railroad tracks.

To devise a plan is more than just making one; there's a lot of figuring out to do, such as: "Phoebe devised a bus route that picked up kids in alphabetical order." There's a method to the madness of devising. The chemistry class devised a plan to make the fire alarm go off. Devise can be positive, too, meaning to find a creative solution: "The design team devised a plan to make the trailer home look like a medieval castle."

Definitions of devise

v arrange by systematic planning and united effort

devise a plan to take over the director's office”
get up, machinate, organise, organize, prepare
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mount, put on
prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance
prepare or position for action or operation
set up
begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.
make into a sandwich
prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock
prepare for battle or conflict
rerun a performance of a play, for example
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initiate, pioneer
take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

v come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort

contrive, excogitate, forge, formulate, invent
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create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands

v give by will, especially real property

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bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death

n (law) a gift of real property by will

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heritage, inheritance
that which is inherited; a title or property or estate that passes by law to the heir on the death of the owner
something acquired without compensation

n a will disposing of real property

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testament, will
a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

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