Basic+ Word of the Day: wise

wise (adjective) LISTEN

Wise means ‘showing understanding and good judgment.’

  • The senators were wise to compromise with members of the other party.
  • To make a wise decision, consider the important facts.

Wise can also mean ‘showing deep knowledge or learning.’

  • The Supreme Court justice was wise; she knew the law and how to apply it.

Common uses

wise up: to learn the correct information. Example: “Wise up. When a girl ignores you, she doesn’t want to go out with you.”

Did you know?

Wise is often used as a suffix. Examples: clockwise (moving in the direction of the hands of a clock), timewise (in reference to time).

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In pop culture

Here are some proverbs, or wise words. Which one do you think is the best?

There are other meanings of wise.

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