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wise 1

adj. wis·er, wis·est
1. Having the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; sagacious: a wise leader.
a. Exhibiting common sense; prudent: a wise decision.
b. Shrewd; crafty: made a wise move selling the house when he did.
3. Provided with information; informed. Often used with to: I'm wise to your tricks. We were none the wiser after reading the report.
4. Slang Rude and disrespectful; impudent.
Phrasal Verb:
wise up Slang
To make or become aware, informed, or sophisticated.

[Middle English, from Old English wīs; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

wise′ly adv.
wise′ness n.

wise 2

Method or manner of doing; way: in no wise; in any wise.

[Middle English, from Old English wīse; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.wisely - in a wise manner; "she acted wisely when she invited her parents"
foolishly, unwisely - without good sense or judgment; "He acted foolishly when he agreed to come"
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[ˈwaɪzlɪ] ADV
1. (= prudently) → sabiamente, prudentemente
she chose wiselyescogió sabiamente or prudentemente
he had wisely brought an umbrella with himhabía tenido la prudencia de traerse un paraguas
2. (= sagaciously) → sabiamente
we all nodded wisely (iro, hum) → todos asentimos con aire de entendidos
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈwaɪzli] adv [decide, invest] → sagement; [nod] → doctement
to choose wisely → faire le bon choix
You have chosen wisely → Vous avez fait le bon choix.
wisely chosen → judicieusement choisi(e)Wise Men npl
the Wise Men → les Rois mpl mages (also the Three Wise Men) → les Rois mpl mages
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


advweise; (= sensibly)klugerweise
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


[ˈwaɪzlɪ] adv (decide) → saggiamente; (nod, smile) → con aria saggia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(waiz) adjective
1. having gained a great deal of knowledge from books or experience or both and able to use it well.
2. sensible. You would be wise to do as he suggests; a wise decision.
ˈwisely adverb
wisdom (ˈwizdəm) noun
Wisdom comes with experience.
wisdom tooth (ˈwizdəm-)
any one of the four back teeth cut after childhood, usually about the age of twenty.
ˈwisecrack noun
a joke.
wise guy
a person who (shows that he) thinks that he is smart, knows everything etc.
be wise to
to be fully aware of. He thinks I'm going to give him some money, but I'm wise to his plan.
none the wiser
not knowing any more than before. He tried to explain the rules to me, but I'm none the wiser.
put (someone) wise
to tell, inform (someone) of the real facts.
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And with a proud consciousness of serving his country wisely and well he charged that sum to the account.
I offer no apologies for any departures from the usual style of travel- writing that may be charged against me--for I think I have seen with impartial eyes, and I am sure I have written at least honestly, whether wisely or not.
He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should NOW escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it.
At dinner one day Conway told me that it had been solemnly agreed between him and Barting that the one who died first should, if possible, communicate with the other from beyond the grave, in some unmistakable way--just how, they had left (wisely, it seemed to me) to be decided by the deceased, according to the opportunities that his altered circumstances might present.
Promise that, and tell Retty that there are more worthy men than I in the world, that for my sake she is to act wisely and well--remember the words--wisely and well--for my sake.
I had escaped from another death-pit, dragged myself through another morass, and perilously acquired the discretion that would enable me to drink wisely for many another year to come.
So she wisely determined to render her position with the Queen's Crawley family comfortable and secure, and to this end resolved to make friends of every one around her who could at all interfere with her comfort.
And though she thought as a child herself, and did not perhaps sufficiently consider to what a bright and happy existence those who die young are borne, and how in death they lose the pain of seeing others die around them, bearing to the tomb some strong affection of their hearts (which makes the old die many times in one long life), still she thought wisely enough, to draw a plain and easy moral from what she had seen that night, and to store it, deep in her mind.
I have left means for C's education; I know you will employ them wisely. I die with faith in God, and with loving thoughts of you.
Very wisely neither of them ever read the other's present.
Moody wisely took time to consider before he committed himself to a decision.
This will be, I am afraid, always the case while they remain among their former acquaintance; it was therefore wisely done by Mr Allworthy, to remove Jenny to a place where she might enjoy the pleasure of reputation, after having tasted the ill consequences of losing it.