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adjective wise pronunciation in British English /waɪz/
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  1. a wise person is able to make good choices and decisions because they have a lot of experience
    Sally is a wise and cautious woman.
    the wise old men of the village
    1. a.
      a wise action or decision is sensible and shows that you have good judgment
      Moving out of your old flat was wise.
      Buying those shares was a wise move.
      a wise decision: You made a wise decision when you chose to study Spanish.
      wise to do something: I don’t think it’s wise to teach your children at home.


derived word


They spent the money wisely.
She nodded wisely.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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