Definition of wise
1a : characterized by wisdom : marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgmentb : exercising or showing sound judgment : prudent a wise investor
2a : evidencing or hinting at the possession of inside information : knowingb : possessing inside information the police got wise to his whereaboutsc : crafty, shrewdd : aware of or informed about a particular matter —usually used in the comparative in negative constructions with the was none the wiser about their plans
3 archaic : skilled in magic or divination
Examples of wise in a Sentence
I'm a little wiser now than I was back then.
The wisest course of action would be to leave.
That was a wise choice.
Many have benefited from her wise counsel.
Synonym Discussion of wise
First Known Use of wise
Origin and Etymology of wise
Middle English, from Old English wīsian; akin to Old Norse vīsa to show the way, Old English wīs wise
Definition of Wise
Stephen Samuel 1874–1949 American (Hungarian-born) rabbi
Definition of Wise
Thomas James 1859–1937 English bibliophile and forger
Definition of -wise
1a : in the manner of crabwise fanwiseb : in the position or direction of slantwise clockwise
2 : with regard to : in respect of dollarwise
Origin and Etymology of -wise
Middle English, from Old English -wīsan, from wīse manner
WISE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wise for English Language Learners
: having or showing wisdom or knowledge usually from learning or experiencing many things
: based on good reasoning or information : showing good sense or judgment
: saying things that are rude or insulting
Definition of -wise for English Language Learners
: in the position or direction of
: in the manner of
: with regard to
WISE Defined for Kids
Definition of -wise for Students
1 : in the manner of
2 : in the position or direction of clockwise
3 : with regard to The movie is successful profit-wise.
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