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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sage a. [Compar. Sager superl. Sagest.]
 1. Having nice discernment and powers of judging; prudent; grave; sagacious.
    All you sage counselors, hence!   --Shak.
 2. Proceeding from wisdom; well judged; shrewd; well adapted to the purpose.
    Commanders, who, cloaking their fear under show of sage advice, counseled the general to retreat.   --Milton.
 3. Grave; serious; solemn. [R.] “[Great bards] in sage and solemn tunes have sung.”
 Syn: -- Wise; sagacious; sapient; grave; prudent; judicious.