Pronunciation: (wīz), [key]
adj., wis•er, wis•est,
v., wised, wis•ing.

1. having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
2. characterized by or showing such power; judicious or prudent: a wise decision.
3. possessed of or characterized by scholarly knowledge or learning; learned; erudite: wise in the law.
4. having knowledge or information as to facts, circumstances, etc.: We are wiser for their explanations.
5. Slang.informed; in the know: You're wise, so why not give us the low-down?
6. Archaic.having knowledge of magic or witchcraft.
7. be or get wise to, be or become cognizant of or no longer deceived by; catch on: to get wise to a fraud.
8. get wise, Slang.
a. to become informed.
b. to be or become presumptuous or impertinent: Don't get wise with me, young man!
9. put or set someone wise, Slang. to inform a person; let a person in on a secret or generally unknown fact: Some of the others put him wise to what was going on.

1. make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid.
2. wise up, make or become aware of a secret or generally unknown fact, situation, attitude, etc.: They wised him up on how to please the boss. She never wised up to the fact that the joke was on her.


Pronunciation: (wīz), [key]
way of proceeding or considering; manner; fashion (usually used in combination or in certain phrases): otherwise; in any wise; in no wise.


Pronunciation: (wīz), [key]
v.t., wised, wis•ing.
1. Chiefly Scot.
a. to instruct.
b. to induce or advise.
c. to show the way to; guide.
2. direct the course of; cause to turn.


Pronunciation: (wīz), [key]
1. Isaac May•er Pronunciation: (mī'ur), [key] 1819–1900, U.S. rabbi and educator, born in Bohemia: founder of Reform Judaism in the U.S.
2. Stephen Samuel, 1874–1949, U.S. rabbi, theologian, and Zionist leader; born in Hungary.


a suffixal use of wise 2 in adverbs denoting manner, position, direction, reference, etc.: counterclockwise; edgewise; marketwise; timewise. Cf. -ways.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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