Definition of “wise” - English Dictionary

“wise” in British English

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uk /waɪz/ us /waɪz/

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 have 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 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 dishonest situation or way of doing something:

People are getting wise to the tricks politicians use in campaign advertisements.

More examples

  • The painting depicts the three wise men kneeling in adoration of the baby Jesus.
  • You'd be wise to take a detour to avoid the roadworks.
  • I didn't think it wise to proffer an opinion.
  • I should have listened to my father's wise counsel, and saved some money instead of spending it all.
  • You'd be wise to keep quiet.


uk / -waɪz/ 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 your experience:

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.
adverb /ˈwɑɪz·li/

Spend your money wisely.


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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