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Phrasal Verbs

wise up

This page is about the phrasal verb wise up

INFORMAL

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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