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wise

adjective uk   /waɪz/ us  
B2 approving having or showing the ability to make good judgments, based on a deep understanding and experience of life: I think you made a wise choice. "I never drink more than three glasses of wine." "How wise." Looking at the weather, I think we made a wise decision not to go to the coast this weekend. I think it would be wiser to wait and see how much money you've got left before you make any decisions. I never used to save money but now I'm a little older and wiser I can see the sense in it. Was it Thomas More who said that the wise man learns from the experience of others? wise to sth informal understanding a dishonest situation or way of doing something: I used to be scrupulously honest then I got wise to the system.
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