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'm wising you up so you won't hand her any more misery by trying to take her part.Cow-Country | B. M. Bower
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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