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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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in Korean 지혜로운…
in Arabic حَكيم…
in French sage, (bien) avisé…
in Turkish akıllı, makul…
in Italian saggio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 明智的, 英明的, 聰明的…
in Russian разумный, мудрый…
in Polish mądry, rozsądny…
in Spanish sabio, sensato, juicioso…
in Portuguese sábio, sensato, prudente…
in German weise, klug…
in Catalan savi, assenyat…
in Japanese 賢明な, 賢い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 明智的, 英明的, 聪明的…
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