wise: Meaning and Definition of
— adj., v., wis•er, wis•est, wised, wis•ing.
- having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
- characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent: a wise decision.
- possessed of or characterized by scholarly knowledge or learning; learned; erudite: wise in the law.
- having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.: We are wiser for their explanations.
- informed; in the know: You're wise, so why not give us the low-down?
- having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.
- to be or become cognizant of or no longer deceived by; catch on: to get wise to a fraud.
- Don't get wise with me, young man!
- to become informed.
- to be or become presumptuous or impertinent:Don't get wise with me, young man!
- to inform a person; let a person in on a secret or generally unknown fact: Some of the others put him wise to what was going on.
- to make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid.
- to make or become aware of a secret or generally unknown fact, situation, attitude, etc.: They wised him up on how to please the boss. She never wised up to the fact that the joke was on her.
- way of proceeding or considering; manner; fashion (usually used in combination or in certain phrases): otherwise; in any wise; in no wise.
— wised, wis•ing.
- to instruct.
- to induce or advise.
- to show the way to; guide.
- to direct the course of; cause to turn.
- 1819–1900, U.S. rabbi and educator, born in Bohemia: founder of Reform Judaism in the U.S.
- 1874–1949, U.S. rabbi, theologian, and Zionist leader; born in Hungary.
- a suffixal use of in adverbs denoting manner, position, direction, reference, etc.:Cf. counterclockwise; edgewise; marketwise; timewise.
- wise (Thesaurus)