wise up

This page is about the phrasal verb wise up.

Meaning: If you wise up, you realize the truth in relation to something.

Synonym: smarten up

For example:

  • wise up After having weight-related health problems, Tanya wised up and started eating less.

  • wise up It took me a long time to wise up, but at last I've accepted the fact that drinking alcohol isn't good for me.

Quick Quiz:

After having many legal and health problems as a result of using drugs, Max wised up and said he'd

a. be more careful

b. try to use less

c. go into a rehabilitation program

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Contributor: Matt Errey