wit [wıt] n
2¦(amusing person)¦
3 wits
4 frighten/scare/terrify somebody out of their wits
5 gather/collect/recover etc your wits
6 pit your wits against somebody
7 be at your wits' end
8 have the wit to do something
9 not be beyond the wit of somebody
10 to wit
[: Old English; Origin: 'knowledge, intelligence']
1.) ¦(AMUSING)¦[U]
the ability to say things that are clever and amusing
a woman of great wit and charm
quick/dry/sharp etc wit
His sharp wit had them all smiling.
someone who is able to say clever and amusing things
3.) wits [plural]
your ability to think quickly and make the right decisions
Alone and penniless, I was forced to live on my wits .
keep/have your wits about you
(=be ready to think quickly and do what is necessary in a difficult situation)
4.) frighten/scare/terrify sb out of their wits informal
to frighten someone very much
I was terrified out of my wits at the very idea.
5.) gather/collect/recover etc your wits
to make yourself think about what you are going to do next after you have been surprised by something
I felt helpless, but tried to gather my wits.
6.) pit your wits against sb
to compete against someone in a test of knowledge or intelligence
7.) be at your wits' end
to be very upset and not know what to do, because you have tried everything possible to solve a problem
8.) have the wit to do sth
formal to be clever enough to know the right thing to do
Thankfully, Reid had the wit to see what was wrong with the plan.
9.) not be beyond the wit of sb
formal not be too difficult for someone to do
It's surely not beyond the wit of man to come up with a solution.
10.) to wit
old use or formal used to introduce additional information which makes it clear exactly who or what you are talking about
= ↑namely
This does not stop me giving you a little treat. To wit, an invitation to dine at Brown's.
battle of wits atbattle1 (5), ↑half-wit
live by your wits atlive1 (15), ↑outwit, quick-witted, witty

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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