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Wise

Meanings and phrases

Wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949); Stephen Samuel Wise
  2. United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900); Isaac Mayer Wise

wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
adj.
  1. having or prompted by wisdom or discernment
  2. marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; judicious; heady
  3. improperly forward or bold; fresh; impertinent; impudent; overbold; smart; saucy; sassy
  4. evidencing the possession of inside information; knowing; wise to

wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a way of doing or being

Isaac Mayer Wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900); Wise

Stephen Samuel Wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949); Wise

Wise Men

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them; Magi

get wise

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
v.
  1. understand, usually after some initial difficulty; catch on; get onto; tumble; latch on; cotton on; twig; get it

wise guy

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments; smart aleck; wiseacre; wisenheimer; weisenheimer

wise man

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a wise and trusted guide and advisor; mentor
E.g.
  • Therefore, the priest is a knowledgeable and wise man.
  • They follow the local wise man's advice without success.
  • He was described as ‘a wise man ... of great experience.’

wise to

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
adj.
  1. evidencing the possession of inside information; knowing; wise

wise up

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
v.
  1. get wise to
  2. cause someone to become aware of something

wise men

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
E.g.
  • There is a passing reference to the wise men of Gotham in "Lorna Doone".
  • This detail derives from Nennius, though Nennius was talking about Vortigern's "wise men".
  • When he wakes up, he realizes that the dream has some important message, so he consults his wise men.
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