adjectiveWord forms: ˈwiser or ˈwisest
1. having or showing good judgment; sagacious; prudent
2. prompted by wisdom; judicious; sound
⇒ a wise saying, wise action
3. having information; informed
⇒ none the wiser
6. Dialectal having knowledge of black magic, etc.
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Word origin of 'wise'ME wis < OE, akin to witan, to know, OHG wis, MDu wijs < PGmc *wisa-, wise < IE *weid- < base *w(e)di-, to see, know > Sans vēdas, knowledge, Gr idris, knowing, L videre, to see