The verb devise means to design a plan or system, usually by using intelligence and imagination.

Synonyms are invent, craft, create, or forge.

The word origins from Old French (1300) deviser meaning “dispose in portions, arrange, plan, contrive” and Modern French meaning “to chat, gossip”. It also sources from Vulgar Latin divisare, frequentative of Latin dividere meaning “to divide”.

The purpose of the survey is to devise an effective way to get rid of the flies.

The officials devised a better plan to dispose of garbage properly.

The Education Department devised a teaching strategy that can cater to all the students.