see also: Wise, WISE
Pronunciation Adjective

wise (comparative wiser, superlative wisest)

  1. Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
    Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
    They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
    "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
  2. (colloquial, ironic) Disrespectful.
    Don't get wise with me!
  3. (colloquial) Aware, informed.
    Be careful, the boss is wise.
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wise (wises, present participle wising; past and past participle wised)

  1. To become wise.
  2. (ergative, slang) Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
    Mo wised him up about his situation.
    After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.

wise (plural wises)

  1. (archaic) Way, manner, method.
    • 1481, William Caxton, [https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Historye_of_Reynard_the_Foxe/capitulo_.primo._(2) The History Reynard the Fox]
      In such wise that all the beasts, great and small, came to the court save Reynard the Fox.
    • 1850, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Burden of Nineveh, lines 2-5
      ... the prize
      Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, —
      Her Art for ever in fresh wise
      From hour to hour rejoicing me.
    • 1866, Algernon Swinburne, A Ballad of Life, lines 28-30
      A riven hood was pulled across his eyes;
      The token of him being upon this wise
      Made for a sign of Lust.
    • 1926, J. S. Fletcher, Sea Fog, page 308
      And within a few minutes the rest of us were on our way too, judiciously instructed by Parkapple and the Brighton official, and disposed of in two taxi-cabs, the drivers of which were ordered to convey us to Rottingdean in such wise that each set his load of humanity at different parts of the village and at the same time that the bus was due to arrive at the hotel.
    • 1925-29, Mahadev Desai (translator), Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, Part I, chapter xviii:
      Meantime a serious question came up for discussion. […] The discussion arose somewhat in this wise. The President of the Society was Mr. Hills, proprietor of the Thames Iron Works. He was a puritan. It may be said that the existence of the Society depended practically on his financial assistance. Many members of the Committee were more or less his protégés. Dr. Allinson of vegetarian fame was also a member of the Committee. He was an advocate of the then new birth control movement, and preached its methods among the working classes. Mr. Hills regarded these methods as cutting at the root of morals. He thought that the Vegetarian Society had for its object not only dietetic but also moral reform, and that a man of Dr. Allinson's anti-puritanic views should not be allowed to remain in the Society. A motion was therefore brought for his removal.

wise (wises, present participle wising; past and past participle wised)

  1. (dialectal) to instruct
  2. (dialectal) to advise; induce
  3. (dialectal) to show the way, guide
  4. (dialectal) to direct the course of, pilot
  5. (dialectal) to cause to turn

Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A town/county seat in Wise County, Virginia.


wise (plural wises)

  1. (aviation, nautical) Acronym of wing-in-surface effect
  • wing-in-surface-effect, wing in surface-effect, wing-in-surface effect, wing in surface effect
Proper noun
  1. (space science, US) Acronym of w:Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope that performed an all-sky astronomical survey with images in 3-22 μm wavelength bands

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