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wise

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noun \ˈwīz\

Definition of wise

  1. :  manner, way in any wise

Origin and Etymology of wise

Middle English, from Old English wīse; akin to Old High German wīsa manner, Greek eidos form, idein to see — more at wit


First Known Use: before 12th century


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wise

adjective

Definition of wise

wiser

;

wisest

  1. 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

  2. 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. 3 archaic :  skilled in magic or divination

  4. 4 :  insolent, smart-alecky, fresh a tough kid with a wise mouth

wisely

adverb

wiseness

noun

Examples of wise in a Sentence

  1. I'm a little wiser now than I was back then.

  2. The wisest course of action would be to leave.

  3. That was a wise choice.

  4. Many have benefited from her wise counsel.

Origin and Etymology of wise

Middle English wis, from Old English wīs; akin to Old High German wīs wise, Old English witan to know — more at wit


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of wise

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions. judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion. a prudent decision to wait out the storm sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality. a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness. remained sane even in times of crises

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wise

verb

Definition of wise

wised

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wising

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give instruction or information to :  teach —usually used with up wise him up about procedures

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become informed or knowledgeable :  learn —used with up

1905

First Known Use of wise

1905


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wise

verb

Definition of wise

wised

;

wising

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly Scotland a :  direct, guideb :  advise, persuade

  3. 2 chiefly Scotland :  to divert or impel in a given direction :  send

Origin and Etymology of wise

Middle English, from Old English wīsian; akin to Old Norse vīsa to show the way, Old English wīs wise


First Known Use: before 12th century


Wise

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biographical name \ˈwīz\

Definition of Wise

  1. Stephen Samuel 1874–1949 American (Hungarian-born) rabbi


Wise

biographical name

Definition of Wise

  1. Thomas James 1859–1937 English bibliophile and forger


-wise

adverb combining form

Definition of -wise

  1. 1a :  in the manner of crabwise fanwiseb :  in the position or direction of slantwise clockwise

  2. 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

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wise

adjective

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

-wise

adverb combining form

Definition of -wise for English Language Learners

  • : in the position or direction of

  • : in the manner of

  • : with regard to


WISE Defined for Kids

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wise

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adjective \ˈwīz\

Definition of wise for Students

wiser

;

wisest

  1. 1 :  having or showing good sense or good judgment :  sensible a wise woman a wise decision

  2. 2 :  having knowledge or information I was wise to their trick.

  3. 3 :  rude or insulting in speech

wisely

adverb

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wise

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noun

Definition of wise for Students

  1. :  manner 2, way Hint: This meaning of wise is used in such phrases as in any wise, in no wise, or in this wise.


-wise

adverb suffix \ˌwīz\

Definition of -wise for Students

  1. 1 :  in the manner of

  2. 2 :  in the position or direction of clockwise

  3. 3 :  with regard to The movie is successful profit-wise.



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