Examples of wary in a Sentence
Great critics are sometimes wary of great authors. Eliot and Pound usually sidled past Shakespeare. —William Logan, New York Times Book Review, 11 Feb. 2001
Though sycamore wood was much used, pioneers were wary of the tree's fuzzy leaves, which they believed brought allergies and even consumption. —Arthur Plotnik, The Urban Tree Book: An Uncommon Field Guide for City and Town, 2000
Modern literary novelists … wary of neat solutions and happy endings, have tended to invest their mysteries with an aura of ambiguity and to leave them unresolved. —David Lodge, The Art of Fiction, 1992
The store owner kept a wary eye on him.
Investors are increasingly wary about putting money into stocks.
Recent Examples of wary from the Web
There are back up services built into the technology too, meaning wary fliers won't be at risk of colliding with other passengers if the system goes down.
The Western States Petroleum Assn., which issued a statement on Tuesday supporting cap-and-trade, appears wary that state regulators could pursue even more stringent policies if the program falls apart.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on residents to be wary but carry on with their everyday life.
Automakers, wary of relying too heavily on incentives to move vehicles, started cutting production in the fall.
The army also is wary of becoming politicized, and in several cases, leading generals have feuded with hard-line political leaders.
Many employers are wary of hiring ex-offenders, and questions on job applications about criminal records help hiring managers identify such candidates.
Many argue that Tehran must be wary of constructing further secret facilities, fearing that it could be caught by foreign intelligence services yet again.
Even the cops seemed wary, and some conservative politicians began making cooing noises about how the Nation frowned on the sins of the flesh, riding their moral-values bandwagon into some damned strange territory indeed.
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Origin and Etymology of wary
1ware, from Middle English war, ware, from Old English wær careful, aware, wary; akin to Old High German giwar aware, attentive, Latin vereri to fear, Greek horan to see
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of wary
WARY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wary for English Language Learners
: not having or showing complete trust in someone or something that could be dangerous or cause trouble
WARY Defined for Kids
Definition of wary for Students
: very cautious The baker's worries about ogres and bandits I thought exaggerated … However, I was wary of strangers. — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted
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