—adj. 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,Slang.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.
—v.t. 1. Slang.to make wise or aware: I'll wise you, kid. 2. wise up,Slang.to 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] —n. 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. Scot.to direct the course of; cause to turn.
Pronunciation: (wīz),[key] —n. 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 wise2 in adverbs denoting manner, position, direction, reference, etc.: counterclockwise; edgewise; marketwise; timewise. Cf. -ways.