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1. Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. (Jer. Iv. 22)
2. 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. When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks. (Shak) From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. (2 Tim. Iii. 15)
3. Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination. Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now with me; but she’s gone. Sim. Pray you, sir, was’t not the wise woman of Brentford? (Shak)
4. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty. Thou art . . . No novice, but a governor wily and wise. Nor, on the other side, Will I be penuriously wise As to make money, that’s my slave, my idol. (Beau. & Fl) Lords do not care for me: I am too wise to die yet. (Ford)
5. 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. Eminent in wise deport. To make it wise, to make it a matter of deliberation. We thought it was not worth to make it wise. . Wise in years, old enough to be wise; wise from age and experience; hence, aged; old. A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one; He’s wise in years, and of a temperate warmth. (Ford) You are too wise in years, too full of counsel, For my green experience. (Ford)
Origin: OE. Wis, AS. Wis; akin to OS. & OFries. Wis, D. Wijs, G. Weise, OHG. Wis, wisi, Icel. Viss, Sw. Vis, Dan. Viis, Goth. Weis; akin to wit, v. I. See Wit, and cf. Righteous, Wisdom.

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