Wise

Definition of Wise

a.1.
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.
- Shak.
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.
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.
- Ford.
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.
To make it wise
to make it a matter of deliberation.
Wise in years
old enough to be wise; wise from age and experience; hence, aged; old.
- Chaucer.
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.
1.Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.
To love her in my beste wyse.
- Chaucer.
This song she sings in most commanding wise.
- Sir P. Sidney.
Let not these blessings then, sent from above,
Abused be, or spilt in profane wise.
- Fairfax.

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