1. use knowledge and imagination to think up or create something






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devise a strategy/plan/solution

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The verb to devise means to create or invent a plan, system or object by using knowledge creativity or imagination. You could devise a plan for example or devise a method. In law to devise can mean to leave someone money or property in a will after your death. 

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  1. The team we played in the cup final were by far our hardest opponents, but our coach devised a clever strategy to beat them.
  2. The play was devised by several older members of the theatre company and staged in a site-specific area.
  3. We had to devise a strict saving strategy when we were saving for the deposit on our home.

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  1. Instead of discussing what was on the schedule, we had to spend the bulk of the meeting devising a solution to the problem that had cropped up that morning.
  2. With the help of other senior members of staff, we devised a plan to make the factory more energy efficient without increasing costs.

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