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Meaning of WISE

Pronunciation:  wIz, wIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a way of doing or being; "in no wise"; "in this wise"
  2. [n]  United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)
  3. [n]  United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
  4. [adj]  carefully considered; "a considered opinion"
  5. [adj]  able to take a broad view of negotiations between states
  6. [adj]  marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; "judicious use of one's money"; "a sensible manager"; "a wise decision"
  7. [adj]  having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"

WISE is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: advised, all-knowing, considered, diplomatic, Isaac Mayer Wise, judicious, method, omniscient, owlish, perspicacious, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient, sensible, statesmanlike, statesmanly, Stephen Samuel Wise, well-advised
 Antonyms: foolish
 See Also: advisable, fashion, manner, mode, politic, religious leader, style, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wise\, a. [Compar. {Wiser}; superl. {Wisest}.] [OE. wis,
    AS. w[=i]s; akin to OS. & OFries. w[=i]s, D. wijs, G. weise,
    OHG. w[=i]s, w[=i]si, Icel. v[=i]ss, Sw. vis, Dan. viis,
    Goth. weis; akin to wit, v. i. See {Wit}, v., and cf.
    {Righteous}, {Wisdom}.]
    1. Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive
       information; erudite; learned.
             They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have
             no knowledge.                         --Jer. iv. 22.
    2. Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning
       and judging soundly concerning what is true or false,
       proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best
       means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
             When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.
             From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
             which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. --2
                                                   Tim. iii. 15.
    3. Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous;
       specifically, skilled in divination.
             Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now
             with me; but she's gone. Sim. Pray you, sir, was't
             not the wise woman of Brentford?      --Shak.
    4. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
       [R.] ``Thou art . . . no novice, but a governor wily and
       wise.'' --Chaucer.
             Nor, on the other side, Will I be penuriously wise
             As to make money, that's my slave, my idol. --Beau.
                                                   & Fl.
             Lords do not care for me: I am too wise to die yet.
    5. Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting
       wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious;
       discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise
       conduct or management; a wise determination. ``Eminent in
       wise deport.'' --Milton.
    {To make it wise}, to make it a matter of deliberation.
       [Obs.] `` We thought it was not worth to make it wise.''
    {Wise in years}, old enough to be wise; wise from age and
       experience; hence, aged; old. [Obs.]
             A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one; He's
             wise in years, and of a temperate warmth. --Ford.
             You are too wise in years, too full of counsel, For
             my green experience.                  --Ford.
  2. \Wise\, a. [OE. wise, AS. w[=i]se; akin to OS. w[=i]sa,
    OFries. w[=i]s, D. wijs, wijze, OHG. w[=i]sa, G. weise, Sw.
    vis, Dan. viis, Icel. ["o]?ruv[=i]s otherwise; from the root
    of E. wit; hence, originally, knowledge, skill. See {Wit},
    v., and cf. {Guise}.]
    Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion. ``All armed in
    complete wise.'' --Spenser.
          To love her in my beste wyse.            --Chaucer.
          This song she sings in most commanding wise. --Sir P.
          Let not these blessings then, sent from above, Abused
          be, or spilt in profane wise.            --Fairfax.
    Note: This word is nearly obsolete, except in such phrases as
          in any wise, in no wise, on this wise, etc. `` Fret not
          thyself in any wise to do evil.'' --Ps. xxxvii. 8. ``He
          shall in no wise lose his reward.'' --Matt. x. 42. ``
          On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel.''
          --Num. vi. 23.
    Note: Wise is often used as a suffix in composition, as in
          likewise, nowise, lengthwise, etc., in which words
          -ways is often substituted with the same sense; as,
          noways, lengthways, etc.