Wise Definition

wīz
wised, wiser, wisest, wising
adjective
wiser, wisest
Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious.
A wise leader.
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Having or showing good judgment; sagacious; prudent.
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Exhibiting common sense; prudent.
A wise decision.
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Prompted by wisdom; judicious; sound.
A wise saying, wise action.
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Having information; informed.
None the wiser.
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noun
Way; manner.
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Synonyms:
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suffix
In a specified manner, direction, or position.
Clockwise.
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With reference to; in regard to.
Profitwise.
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verb
To direct or guide.
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To convey or conduct.
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proper name
1874-1949; U.S. rabbi & Jewish leader, born in Hungary.
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1859-1937; Eng. bibliophile, editor, & forger.
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affix
In a (specified) direction, position, or manner.
Lengthwise.
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In a manner characteristic of.
Clockwise.
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With regard to; in connection with.
Budgetwise.
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abbreviation

(aviation, nautical) (adjective) Acronym of wing-in-surface effect.

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(space science, US) Acronym of Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. (It is a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope that performed an all-sky astronomical survey with images in 3-22 μm wavelength bands.)
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idiom
be (<i>or</i> get) wise to
  • to be (or become) aware of; have (or attain) a proper understanding of
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get wise
  • to become aware of the true facts or circumstances
  • to become impudent
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put someone wise (to)
  • to give someone information, an explanation, etc. (about); enlighten someone (concerning)
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the (three) Wise Men
  • the (three) learned men from the East who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus (Matt. 2:1-13)
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wise up
  • to make or become informed, insightful, etc.
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Other Word Forms of Wise

Noun

Singular:
wise
Plural:
wises

Adjective

Base Form:
wise
Comparative:
wiser
Superlative:
wisest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Wise

  • be (or get) wise to
  • get wise
  • put someone wise (to)
  • the (three) Wise Men
  • wise up

Origin of Wise

  • Middle English from Old English -wīsan from -wīse manner wise2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English wīse weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English wīs weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From wise (“way, manner").

    From Wiktionary

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