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English definition of “wise up”

wise up

 /ˈwɑɪzˈʌp/ infml phrasal verb with wise verb
to begin to understand the truth about an unpleasant situation or a fact : It’s time that Congress wised up to the fact that most citizens do not trust politicians .
(Definition of wise up from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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