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Device and Devise

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Device and Devise

The noun device means a gadget, scheme, or procedure.

The verb devise means to plan, conceive, or invent.

See also: Advice and Advise.


  • The computer can be a clever device for avoiding thought.

  • We need to devise new solutions to old problems.


(a) We must _____ a way to rescue Lassie from the well.

(b) Maybe a _____ involving pulleys and kittens will work.

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