Pronunciation: (wit), [key]
1. the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.
2. speech or writing showing such perception and expression.
3. a person having or noted for such perception and expression.
4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness.
5. Usually, wits.
a. powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead.
b. mental faculties; senses: to lose one's wits.
6. at one's wit's end. See end 1 (def. 23).
7. keep or have one's wits about one, to remain alert and observant; be prepared for or equal to anything: to keep your wits about you in a crisis.
8. live by one's wits, to provide for oneself by employing ingenuity or cunning; live precariously: We traveled around the world, living by our wits.


Pronunciation: (wit), [key]
v.t., v.i., pres. sing. 1st pers. wot, 2nd wost, 3rd wot, pres. pl. wit or wite; past and past part. wist; pres. part. wit•ting.
1. know.
2. to wit, that is to say; namely: It was the time of the vernal equinox, to wit, the beginning of spring.

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