Grammar 101: Devise vs. Device

by IELTS Australasia — September 7th, 2017

Devise vs. device: Two words that can cause some confusion and it’s well worth to spend a few minutes to know the difference between the two.

Because “devise” and “device” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Some tips on telling them apart.

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Devise vs. Device: the difference
Devise

Is a verb: A word or phrase that describes an action, condition, or experience.

Device

Is a noun: A word that refers to a person, place, thing, event, substance, or quality.

Devise vs. Device: the definitions
Devise

To contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing ideas.

Device

A thing made for a specific purpose; an invention, especially a mechanical or electrical one.

Devise vs. Device: the synonyms
Devise

Could also mean (synonyms): Conceive, create, formulate, hatch, invent, prepare, craft, plan.

Device

The synonyms for this word include: Gadget, project, design.

Devise vs. Device: in a sentence
Devise
  • I hope to devise a better travel plan so that we don’t waste too much time in transit.
  • My basketball coach believes he can devise a fail-proof strategy for the team to win the Grand Finals tomorrow.
  • I think I devised a way to cook the chicken in half the usual time.
  • Susan devised a surprise party to welcome her brother who is visiting from France.
Device
  • Do you have a device that has an internet connection and a camera?
  • This heating device is powered by gas.
  • A GPS device is essential when you are travelling in an unfamiliar city.
  • Barry loves to take electrical devices apart.

Reference: Cambridge Dictionary