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Etymology 1

From Old English wīs, from Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from a participle form of Proto-Indo-European *weid-. Cognate with Dutch wijs, German weis, Swedish vis. Compare wit.

Adjective

wise (comparative wiser, superlative wisest)

Positive
wise

Comparative
wiser

Superlative
wisest

  1. Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
    Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
    They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
  2. (colloquial) Disrespectful.
    Don't get wise with me!
Usage notes
  • Objects: person, decision, advice, counsel, saying, etc.
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Verb

Infinitive
to wise

Third person singular
wis

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to wise (third-person singular simple present wis, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To become wise.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Usually with "up", to inform.
    Mo wised him up about his situation.
  3. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Usually with "up", to learn.
    After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.

Etymology 2

From Old English wīse, from Proto-Germanic *wīsō. Cognate with Dutch wijze, German Weise, Swedish visa, vis. Compare -wise.

Noun

Singular
wise

Plural
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  1. (archaic) Way, manner.

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