An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (learned)
a. sabio
The village priest was a very wise man.El cura del pueblo era un hombre muy sabio.
2. (judicious)
a. sensato
Installing solar panels was a wise choice.Instalar paneles solares fue una elección sensata.
b. prudente
It is wise to change the oil before a long road trip.Es prudente cambiar el aceite antes de un largo viaje por carretera.
c. acertado
It was wise to sell your stock.Fue acertado vender sus acciones.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (knowledgeable)
a. sabio(a)
2. (sensible)
a. sensato(a), prudente
a wise manun sabio
3. (fam pej)
a wise guyun sabelotodo
the Three Wise Menlos Reyes Magos
it wouldn't be wise to do itno sería aconsejable hacerlo
to be wise after the eventverlo todo claro a posteriori
to be none the wiserno haber sacado nada en claro
4. (colloquial)
to get wise to a factpercatarse de un hecho
5. (colloquial)
to get wise to somebodycalar a alguien
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wise [waɪz]
wiser (comparative)wisest (superlative)
1 (learned) [+person] sabio; [+words] sabio; acertado
She was always renowned as a woman of few but wise words
he's a very wise man es un hombre muy sabio; the Three Wise Men los Reyes Magos; she's very wise in the ways of the world tiene mucha experiencia de la vida; she had grown wiser with age se había vuelto más prudente or juiciosa con los años
She has grown wiser with age and increasing responsibility
to get wise especially (US) darse cuenta; caer en la cuenta (informal)
They tried to burn the evidence before the cops got wise They couldn't pull this stunt too often without somebody getting wise
the police got wise to them la policía los caló (informal); to get wise with sb especially (US) hacerse el listo con algn
don't get wise with me, buster
a wise move una idea acertada
Labour's team has so far said nothing, probably a wise move It must surely be a wise move to cut down on fat intake to be [none] the wiser
I'm none the wiser me he quedado igual
Whatever they say, you'll be none the wiser I read the article, but I'm no wiser
nobody will be any the wiser nadie se dará cuenta
Nobody in the village will be any the wiser
to put sb wise to sth poner a algn al corriente or al tanto de algo
His squash partner took him aside one evening to put him wise to the rumour He knew the tricks of the trade and put me wise
to be wise after the event criticar una vez que las cosas ya han pasado; criticar a posteriori
2 (prudent) [+precaution] sabio
It is a wise precaution to take out travel insurance
[+decision, choice] sabio; acertado
Hugh made the wisest decision of all that was a very wise decision Recent polls suggest that may be a wise choice
a map of the area would be a wise investment sería aconsejable comprar un mapa del área
A map of Paris is also a wise investment
it would be wise to sería prudente; sería aconsejable
It would be wise to give up now and try again later It would be wiser to wait for the best moment
you'd be wise to accept harías bien en aceptar
She would be wise to move before the police arrive
he was wise enough to refuse tuvo la suficiente sensatez como para negarse
He hoped the people of Zambia would be wise enough to heed the voice of unity and vote to retain the one-party system Once again the future looked promising but he was wise enough not to hope for too much
wise guy (n) listilloalistilla (informal) (m) (f) (pejorative);a listilla
Some wise guy in the audience shouted out...
wise guy, huh? ¿tú te lo sabes todo, eh?; eres muy listo, ¿verdad?
wise man (n) (sage) sabio (m); (witch doctor) hechicero (m)
wise woman (n) (sage) sabia (f); (witch doctor) hechicera (f)
he was the wise man of the village
wise [waɪz]
in this wise de esta guisa; in no wise de ningún modo
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