Meaning of WISE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ waɪz ]

( wises, wising, wised, wiser, wisest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A wise person is able to use their experience and knowledge in order to make sensible decisions and judgments.

She has the air of a wise woman...

≠ foolish


• wise‧ly

The three of us stood around the machine nodding wisely.

ADV : ADV with v


A wise action or decision is sensible.

She had made a very wise decision...

It is wise to seek help and counsel as soon as possible.

= sensible

ADJ : oft it v-link ADJ to-inf

• wise‧ly

They’ve invested their money wisely...

Our man had wisely decided to be picked up at the farm.

ADV : usu ADV with v


If you get wise to something, you find out about it, especially when someone has been trying to keep it secret. ( INFORMAL )

Dealers have already got wise to the trend and increased their prices accordingly.

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR n

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