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
If potential business partners continue to be wary of the scrutiny that comes with involvement with a firm bearing his name, Mr Kushner might end up having to choose between his property interests and his public role.
Government officials worried that allowing a cannabis scene like the one in Amsterdam would make Uruguay a pariah among neighboring countries wary about legalization.
Diaz-Balart is wary of giving away congressional oversight, much like Congress did in 2011 when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created as an independent agency.
Nationally, the public is wary of the leading opposition, the Democratic Party, which is seen as having failed to deliver during more than three years in power before Mr. Abe.
However, teams likely would be wary of dealing for a 30-year-old journeyman the Padres claimed off waivers two months ago.
To appease wary moderates—particularly those representing states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and have been ravaged by the opioid crisis, such as Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia—
The forlorn school's matriarch, wary both of Union soldiers and of temptations embodied by Farrell, is Miss Martha (Nicole Kidman).
Within hours of House Republicans narrowly passing their bill to repeal Obamacare last month, Mitch McConnell assured wary members of his caucus that the Senate wouldn’t vote on the unpopular and deeply flawed American Health Care Act.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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
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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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