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Meaning of “wise” in the English Dictionary

"wise" in British English

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wiseadjective

uk   us   /waɪz/
B2 approving having or ​showing the ​ability to make good ​judgments, ​based on a ​deepunderstanding 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 towait and ​see how much ​money you have ​left before you make any ​decisions. I never used to ​savemoney but now I'm a little older and wiser I can ​see the ​point of it. Was it Thomas More who said that the wise man ​learns from the ​experience of ​others?wise to sth informal understanding a ​dishonestsituation or way of doing something: People are getting wise to the ​trickspoliticians use in ​campaignadvertisements.

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uk   us   /-waɪz/
(Definition of wise from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wise" in American English

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wiseadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /wɑɪz/
having or ​showing good ​judgment, or the ​ability to make good ​judgments, ​based on what you have ​learned from ​yourexperience: a wise man/woman [+ to infinitive] They ​decided that it was wiser to ​wait until they were making a little more ​money before ​buying a ​house.
wisely
adverb  /ˈwɑɪz·li/
Spend ​yourmoney wisely.

-wisesuffix

 us   /ˌwɑɪz/
relating to: Moneywise, of ​course, I’m much ​better off than I used to be.
(Definition of wise from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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