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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for March 9, 2020 is:

devise • dih-VYZE  • verb

1 a : to form in the mind by new combinations or applications of ideas or principles : invent

b : to plan to obtain or bring about : plot

2 : to give (real estate) by will

Examples:

The author’s childhood home was devised to the city, and the Historical Commission will turn it into a museum devoted to her life and her works of fantasy and science fiction.

“There are efforts to devise an FDA-approved method for diagnosing concussion, including new blood tests, advanced brain scans, and systems that use artificial intelligence to read them.” — Scott Eden, Men’s Health, 12 Dec. 2019

Did you know?

There’s something inventive about devise, a word that stems from Latin dividere, meaning “to divide.” By the time devise began being used in early Middle English, its Anglo-French forebear deviser had accumulated an array of senses, including “divide,” “distribute,” “arrange,” “array,” “digest,” “order,” “plan,” “invent,” “contrive,” and “assign by will.” English adopted most of these and added some new senses over the course of time, such as “imagine,” “guess,” “pretend,” and “describe.” In modern use, we’ve disposed of a lot of the old meanings, but we have kept the one that applies to wills; devise has traditionally referred to the transfer of real property (land), and bequeath to personal property. These days, this devise is most often recognized as applying generally to all the property in a person’s estate.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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