What does WISE mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wise(noun)

    a way of doing or being

    "in no wise"; "in this wise"

  2. Wise, Stephen Samuel Wise(noun)

    United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)

  3. Wise, Isaac Mayer Wise(adj)

    United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)

  4. wise(adj)

    having or prompted by wisdom or discernment

    "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"

  5. judicious, wise, heady(adj)

    marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

    "judicious use of one's money"; "a wise decision"

  6. knowing, wise(p), wise to(p)(adj)

    evidencing the possession of inside information

  7. fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, saucy, sassy, wise(adj)

    improperly forward or bold

    "don't be fresh with me"; "impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"; "an impudent boy given to insulting strangers"; "Don't get wise with me!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wise

    having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned

  2. Wise

    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

  3. Wise

    versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination

  4. Wise

    hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty

  5. Wise

    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

  6. Wise

    way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion

  7. Origin: [OE. wise, AS. wse; akin to OS. wsa, OFries. ws, D. wijs, wijze, OHG. wsa, G. weise, Sw. vis, Dan. viis, Icel. ruvs otherwise; from the root of E. wit; hence, originally, knowledge, skill. See Wit, v., and cf. Guise.]


  1. Wise

    Wise is a town in Wise County, Virginia, United States. The population was 3,286 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wise County. It was originally incorporated as the town of Gladeville in 1874. The town's name was changed to Wise in 1924. Wise is named after Henry A. Wise, the last Virginia governor before the American Civil War. The town is also the home of the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wise

    wīz, adj. having wit or knowledge: able to make use of knowledge well: judging rightly: discreet: learned: skilful: dictated by wisdom: containing wisdom: pious, godly.—adjs. Wise′-heart′ed, having wisdom: prudent; Wise′-like (Scot.), sensible, judicious: looking as if capable of playing one's part well.—n. Wise′ling, one who pretends to be wise.—adv. Wise′ly.—n. Wise′ness.—Wise woman, a witch: (Scot.) a midwife.—Never the wiser, still in ignorance. [A.S. wís; Ger. weise; from root of wit.]

  2. Wise

    wīz, v.t. (Scot.) to guide in a certain direction, to incline.

  3. Wise

    wīz, n. way, manner.—In any wise, In no wise, in any way, in no way; On this wise, in this way. [A.S. wíse, orig. wiseness; Ger. weise; akin to wise (1) and wit. Doublet guise.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WISE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4724

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WISE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3375

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'WISE' in Adjectives Frequency: #524


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WISE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WISE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anonymous:

    Dare to be wise.

  2. Robert Burton:

    Penny wise, pound foolish.

  3. Miguel de Cervantes:

    A word to the wise is enough.

  4. Biblical Proverb:

    Great men are not always wise.

  5. Anonymous:

    Dare to be wise. (Sapere Aude)

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