having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent: a wise decision.
having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.: We are wiser for their explanations.
Slang. informed; in the know: You're wise, so why not give us the lowdown?
Archaic. having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.
Slang. to make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid.
wise up, Slang. to make or become aware of a secret or generally unknown fact, situation, attitude, etc.: They wised him up on how to please the boss.She never wised up to the fact that the joke was on her.
Idioms about wise
get wise, Slang.
to become informed.
to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
put / set someone wise, Slang. to inform a person; let a person in on a secret or generally unknown fact: Some of the others put him wise to what was going on.
wise to, Slang. familiar or aware; cognizant of; no longer deceived by a lie, confidence game, trick, or misdirection: In the end, the investors were wise to the fraud.: Also be / get wise to .
- wise·ly, adverb
Other definitions for wise (2 of 5)
Other definitions for wise (3 of 5)
to induce or advise.
to show the way to; guide.
Scot. to direct the course of; cause to turn.
Other definitions for Wise (4 of 5)
Isaac May·er [mahy-er], /ˈmaɪ ər/, 1819–1900, U.S. rabbi and educator, born in Bohemia: founder of Reform Judaism in the U.S.
Stephen Samuel, 1874–1949, U.S. rabbi, theologian, and Zionist leader; born in Hungary.
Other definitions for -wise (5 of 5)
- Compare -ways.
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How to use wise in a sentence
I’d just officially come out as nonbinary and was finding out what that meant and what it would look like career wise.
Though I do want to see what’s going on with Bam Adebayo health-wise.The Miami Heat Built This Lead With A Zone And More Experience (And Tyler Herro) | Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org) | September 24, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Percentage wise that represents a small fraction of the district – somewhere around 3 percent.La Jolla Parents Are Opting Out of San Diego Unified | Will Huntsberry | September 21, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Hurricane Laura is on its way to the Gulf Coast of the United States, and homeowners in the area would be wise to wonder just how at risk they are of flooding.This online tool can tell you if your home is likely to flood this hurricane season | Andrew Nusca | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
Public declined to give a specific figure on Galloway’s investment or specify its valuation, though CEO Leif Abraham says it represents an uptick valuation-wise compared to its most recent Series B round.Public, a stock trading app, gets a seven-figure check from Scott Galloway | Lucinda Shen | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
This is the Mexico that U.S. college students would be wise to steer clear of on spring break.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting | Ruben Navarrette Jr. | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I did a piece for Elle about the effort to remake her into an elegant presence fashion-wise.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination | Mindy Farabee | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kendrick rapidly chants these last lines in repetition with Bilal and Anna wise sing-shouting behind him, like a rallying cry.Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘The Colbert Report’ with Untitled Track | Charlise Ferguson | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But most women do the walk with their man, even if they later wise up and decide to leave him after all.
Florida, with its large seasonal migrations of northeasterners, is also now a wine-wise state.
The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
It's an idle question, I know; wise men and musty philosophers say that regrets are foolish.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for wise (1 of 3)
possessing, showing, or prompted by wisdom or discernment
shrewd; crafty: a wise plan
aware, informed, or knowing (esp in the phrase none the wiser)
slang (postpositive often foll by to) in the know, esp possessing inside information (about)
archaic possessing powers of magic
slang, mainly US and Canadian cocksure or insolent
be wise or get wise (often foll by to) informal to be or become aware or informed (of something) or to face up (to facts)
put wise (often foll by to) slang to inform or warn (of)
See wise up
- wisely, adverb
- wiseness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for wise (2 of 3)
archaic way, manner, fashion, or respect (esp in the phrases any wise, in no wise)
British Dictionary definitions for -wise (3 of 3)
Also: -ways indicating direction or manner: clockwise; likewise
with reference to: profitwise; businesswise
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wise
In addition to the idioms beginning with wise
- wise guy
- wise up to
- get wise to
- none the wiser
- penny wise and pound foolish
- put wise
- sadder but wiser
- word to the wise
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