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noun [countable] device pronunciation in American English /dɪˈvaɪs/ 
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singulardevice
pluraldevices
  1. 1
    a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular thing

    Secure your bike with this simple locking device.

    device for:

    a device for measuring humidity in the air

    labor-saving device (=a machine that reduces the work you have to do):

    labor-saving devices like the dishwasher and the microwave

  2. 2
    formal a way of making something happen or of making someone do something

    We needed a device to get him out of the house.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of device
    1. a.
      a way that a writer, artist, etc. creates a particular effect or makes people have a particular reaction

      Hitchcock employs various devices to build up suspense.

  3. 3
    a bomb

    The device exploded only a short distance away from her.

    a nuclear device

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