There are 2 definitions of wise in English:

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Pronunciation: /wʌɪz
 
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adjective

1Having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgement: she seems kind and wise a wise precaution
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  • There, with a bit of good advice and wise judgement, you'll eat some of the most fascinating and memorable food you could ever hope to experience at a fraction of the price.
  • Both are now doing the tour of duty around company boardrooms as non-executive directors, lending a bit of experience here and a wise word there.
  • I know because I was 18 and keeping a diary of my experiences, wise thoughts and bad poetry.
Synonyms
sage, sagacious, intelligent, clever, learned, with/showing great knowledge, knowledgeable, informed, enlightened; astute, shrewd, acute, sharp, sharp-witted, canny, knowing, sensible, prudent, discerning, judicious, penetrating, perceptive, full of insight, insightful, clear-sighted, percipient, perspicacious, perspicuous, owlish; well advised, well thought out, well judged, politic, expedient, strategic, tactical, far-sighted; rational, logical, sound, sane
informal smart
British informal fly
1.1Sensible or prudent: it would be wise to discuss the matter with the chairman
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  • He added: ‘There are times when a prudent silence is wise.’
  • It was a wise concession to Russian sensibilities.
  • We have to do this in a very smart, wise, sensible way.
1.2Having knowledge in a specified subject: he is wise in the ways of haute couture
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  • Is pine conversion economically wise in the long run - the real long run?
  • Be wise in your handling of this precious knowledge; its secrecy is imperative.
  • My friend had worked in ‘the Industry’ and was wise in the ways of Hollywood.
1.3 (wise to) informal Aware of, especially so as to know how to act: at seven she was already wise to the police
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  • Burglars rarely took stolen gear back to their homes, were wise to police interviewing techniques and rarely left evidence at the scene of their crimes, Mr Blowers said.
  • On April 10, the forestry police finally became wise to the situation and raided the restaurant, arresting the owner and 20 employees.
Synonyms

verb

[no object] (wise up) [often in imperative] informal Back to top  
Become aware of or informed about something: wise up to the flavours of North Africa
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  • Forever desperate to present his charges as potential world-beaters four years down the line, he should wise up to the fact that moulding them into a team merely tough to beat might be as good as it can get.
  • The public are wising up because if recent past elections are anything to go by apathetic turn outs just keep getting worse.
  • We are wising up to such something-for-nothing marketing schemes which turn out to be the opposite.

Origin

Old English wīs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wijs and German weise, also to wit2.

Phrases

be wise after the event

Understand and assess a situation only after its implications have become obvious: it is easy to be wise after the event
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  • Reflecting on the time of my involvement there were some key decisions on player contracts in 1999 that we know now were mistakes, but it's easy to be wise after the event.
  • While it would be easy to be wise after the event, Simon was never a player that any of us would have picked out as a future star, as a player who would go all the way to the top.
  • It is easy to be wise after the event and almost impossible before it

be none (or not any) the wiser

Not understand something, even though it has been explained: she said an awful lot but he wasn’t any the wiser I am still none the wiser about the meaning of the word
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  • The whole issue gets me totally annoyed and I'm still none the wiser as to what value we get from paying them at all.
  • Both airlines could have simply increased their prices by $6, and most customers would be none the wiser.
  • If I want to ruin the reputation of a B-list celeb I could so with in a couple of days, and their PR agency would be none the wiser until the stories started appearing.

Derivatives

wisely

adverb
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  • This is real money, money that could be used to build hospitals and schools at home, so it is vital that it is spent wisely.
  • By giving wisely your gifts will go further with a helping hand from the taxman, and can even help you cut your own tax bills.
  • And you will need to be ruthless in analysing whether they are spending their money wisely.

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There are 2 definitions of wise in English:

wise2

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Pronunciation: /wʌɪz
 
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noun

archaic
The manner or extent of something: he did it this wise

Origin

Old English wīse, of Germanic origin; related to wit2.

Phrases

in no wise

Not at all.
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  • The ‘welcome’ signs, artfully disposed, make it clear that hospitality is merely an allusive flavor; they are in no wise meant to be taken literally.
  • ‘Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out ‘.
  • Yes, I rule on it and my ruling is that I am in no wise disqualified from hearing the case.

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