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noun British English pronunciation: wit /wɪt/ 
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] the ability to use words in a clever way to make people laugh

    He is a man of great wit, sensitivity, and passion.

    a dry/biting/acerbic/caustic wit (=the tendency to say clever and slightly cruel things):

    Perelman was known for his acerbic wit.

    1. b.
      [singular/uncountable] the ability to make people laugh without using words

      The original film had both wit and poignancy.

  2. 2

    wits

    [plural] your ability to think quickly and make sensible decisions
    quick wits:

    a young hero admired for his courage and quick wits

    gather/collect your wits (=try to start thinking clearly):

    Claudia paused, trying to gather her wits enough to reply.

    keep/have your wits about you:

    Keep your wits about you at all times.

  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] formal intelligence

    You'd think they'd have the wit to send someone who could speak the language.

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