Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.

This word is nearly obsolete, except in such phrases as in any wise, in no wise, on this wise, etc.

Wise is often used as a suffix in composition, as in likewise, nowise, lengthwise, etc., in which words -ways is often substituted with the same sense; as, noways, lengthways, etc.

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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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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