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Pronunciation: /waɪz/

adjective/adjetivo (wiser, wisest)

  • 1.1 (prudent) [person] prudente, sensato; [choice/decision] acertado, prudente I'm sure it is the wisest course of action estoy convencido de que es lo más acertado it would be wise to call first sería prudente or aconsejable llamar antes
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (learned, experienced) sabio the three Wise Men los Reyes Magos to be wise in the ways of business/the world tener* experiencia en los negocios/de la vida it's easy to be wise after the event es muy fácil criticar a posteriori to be none the wiser I'm none the wiser sigo sin entender or sin enterarme he explained it again but I was none the wiser lo volvió a explicar pero yo seguí sin enterarme or [colloquial/familiar] seguí en ayunas eat one: no-one will be any the wiser cómete una, nadie se va a dar cuenta to get wise with sb (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] insolentarse con algn
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 (aware) [colloquial/familiar]to be wise to sth/sb I thought you'd be wise to his tricks by now creía que ya le conocerías las mañas don't worry, I'm wise to him no te preocupes que lo conozco muy bien or [colloquial/familiar] ya lo tengo calado to put sb wise about sth/sb [colloquial/familiar] alertar a algn sobre algo/algn
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

wise up

[colloquial/familiar]
verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (d)espabilarse, avivarse (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar], apiolarse (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar] to wise up to sth darse* cuenta de algo 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento (d)espabilar, avivar (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar]

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