wise1 S3 [waız] adj
1¦(decision/idea etc)¦
3 be none the wiser/not be any the wiser
4 get/be wise to somebody/something
5 wise guy
6 be wise after the event
[: Old English; Origin: wis]
wise decisions and actions are sensible and based on good judgment
= ↑sensible it is wise to do sth
It's wise to check whether the flight times have changed before you leave for the airport.
be wise to do sth
I think you were wise to leave when you did.
a wise precaution
I don't think that would be a very wise move (=not be a sensible thing to do) .
2.) ¦(PERSON)¦
someone who is wise makes good decisions, gives good advice etc, especially because they have a lot of experience of life
a wise old man
At the time I thought he was wonderful, but I'm older and wiser now.
As a manager, Sanford was wise in the ways of (=knew a lot about) company politics.
3.) be none the wiser/not be any the wiser
a) to not understand something even after it has been explained to you
Charlie explained how the system works, but I'm still none the wiser.
b) used for saying that no one will find out about something bad that someone has done
He could easily have taken the money and no one would have been any the wiser.
4.) get/be wise to sb/sth informal
to realize that someone is being dishonest
Teachers quickly get wise to students who are cheating.
wise up at ↑wise2
5.) wise guy
informal especially AmE an annoying person who thinks they know more than they really do
OK, wise guy, shut up and listen!
6.) be wise after the event
to realize what you should have done in a situation after it has happened
It's easy to be wise after the event.
>wisely adv
Invest the money wisely.
He nodded wisely.
sadder but wiser atsad
wise 2
wise2 v
wise up phr v
to realize the truth about a bad situation
Wise up, Vic - he's cheating you!
wise up to
Consumers need to wise up to the effect that advertising has on them.
wise 3
wise3 -wise [waız] suffix
[: Old English; Origin: -wisan, from wise 'way, method']
1.) price-wise/time-wise etc informal
used for saying which feature of a situation you are referring to
Time-wise we're not doing too badly.
2.) crosswise/lengthwise etc
in a direction across something, along the length of something etc
Cut the carrots lengthwise.

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