Definition of wizard in English:


Line breaks: wiz¦ard
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪzəd


  • 2 Computing A help feature of a software package that automates complex tasks by asking the user a series of easy-to-answer questions.
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    • A web site can have novice users, and a wizard makes complex tasks seem easy.
    • A software wizard takes users through the activation process.
    • These capabilities should be easy to configure and manage through graphical user interfaces and wizards.


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  • Wonderful; excellent: how absolutely wizard! I’ve just had a wizard idea
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    • If elected, I will appoint Buni as my Shadow Education Secretary, on the strength of this wizard idea of his in Peter's comments box.
    • Bloomsbury shares would be a wizard idea for a present.
    • A wizard idea that Steven's ambitious deputy may find hard.



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  • President Johnson promised a War on Poverty, driven by a wizardly new Keynesian confidence that an economy of unprecedented abundance could deliver more groceries to everyone.
  • Call yourself a graphic designer and you're identified as an artsy computer geek being hired to spice up a document with your wizardly technical skill.
  • Who can begrudge the rewards for three epic movies that were seven years in the making, and combined Tolkien's wizardly storytelling with the cutting edge of new technology?


late Middle English (in the sense 'philosopher, sage'): from wise1 + -ard.

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