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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wise a. [Compar. Wiser superl. Wisest.]
 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.  [R.]  “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.  [Obs.]  “We thought it was not worth to make it wise.” --Chaucer.
 Wise in years, old enough to be wise; wise from age and experience; hence, aged; old. [Obs.]
 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.