Device or Devise?
Lots of people are mixing up device and devise. These two words look similar, but they have different pronunciations and meanings.
It is spelt with a 'c'
Device // is a countable noun and means a piece of equipment that has been invented for a special purpose. Tablet PCs and mobile phones are our devices.
- I need to buy some electronic devices such as TV and DVD player.
- The listening device was tiny and easily concealed in the purse.
- You can now connect the device to your computer.
- This device measures the level of radiation.
A bomb or other explosive weapon can be called a device.
- The terrorists exploded the device near the police station.
- The atomic device was successfully tested in the desert.
Device also means a plan or method that is used to achieve something.
- Social media advertising is a great marketing device.
- The Method of Loci is a useful mnemonic device for memorizing things.
It is spelt with an 's'
Devise // is most often used as a verb to mean to plan or invent something new.
- They have devised a new method to control air pollution.
- We need to devise a way to improve sales.
- You must devise a new filing system.
- A new strategy has been devised to resolve the issues.
- They had to devise a solution to the city's traffic problem.
Devise can also be used as a noun to mean a gift or real property given to someone in a will.
- The devise passes without being subject to the debt.
Device is only used as noun, but devise can be a verb or noun.
Device is pronounced with an 's' sound', but devise is pronounced with a 'z' sound.