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verb ad·vise \əd-ˈvīz\

Simple Definition of advise

  • : to give an opinion or suggestion to someone about what should be done : to give advice to (someone)

  • : to recommend or suggest (something)

  • : to give information to (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of advise



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give (someone) a recommendation about what should be done :  to give advice to <advise her to try a drier climate> b :  caution, warn <advise them of the consequences> c :  recommend <advise prudence>

  3. 2 :  to give information or notice to :  inform <advise them of their rights>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give a recommendation about what should be done <advise on legal matters>

  6. 2 :  to talk with someone in order to decide what should be done :  consult <advise with friends>


less commonly


play \-ˈvī-zər\ noun

Examples of advise in a sentence

  1. … the White House let it be known that the President had privately rebuked his Defense Secretary for not advising him of the extent of the problem. —John F. Dickerson et al., Time, 17 May 2004

  2. Bureau of Land Management officials are recruiting a variety of Wyoming residents to serve on a working group that will advise the agency on possible changes to the level and pace of oil and gas development … —Jeff Gearino, CasperStar Tribune, 3 Mar. 2003

  3. When I told my lawyer that my boyfriend was going to remodel my house, she advised me to get a strict estimate and regular billings … —Jane Smiley, Harper's, June 2000

  4. Los Angeles Center advised me of a Boeing 747 at my one o'clock position and 500 feet below. —Barbara Cushman Rowell, Plane & Pilot, 1994

  5. An internist … advised me of an experimental drug. —Robert E. Neger, American Medical News, 2 Sept. 1991

  6. I strongly advise you to sell your old car.

  7. We advised them to save their money.

  8. My doctor advised me to lose some weight.

  9. She advises the President on foreign affairs.

  10. We were thinking of buying that house, but our lawyer advised against it.

  11. I advise selling your old car.

  12. He advises patience when dealing with children.

  13. The boss asked us to keep him advised about how the project is going.

What's the Difference Between adviser and advisor?

Adviser or advisor? It doesn't matter what your computer's spellcheck tells you, adviser and advisor are both correct. Although there is enough overlap between these two words that they are generally considered simply to be different ways to spell the same word, there are some cases in which one tends to be used more often than the other. Some people feel that advisor is more formal, and it tends to be found more often when applied to official positions, such as an advisor to a president. When referring to someone who is serving in a military role, especially when using the term as a euphemism (as when claiming that troops are actually military advisers), then adviser is somewhat more common.

Did You Know?

Advise was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century from Anglo-French aviser, itself from avis, meaning "opinion." That avis is not to be confused with the Latin word avis, meaning "bird" (an ancestor of such English words as avian and aviation). Instead, it results from the Old French phrase ce m'est a vis ("that appears to me"), a partial translation of Latin mihi visum est, "it seemed so to me" or "I decided." We advise you to remember that advise is spelled with an s, whereas the related noun advice includes a stealthy c.

Origin and Etymology of advise

Middle English, to look at, consider, advise, from Anglo-French aviser, from avis

First Known Use: 15th century

ADVISE Defined for Kids


verb ad·vise \əd-ˈvīz\

Definition of advise for Students



  1. 1 :  to give suggestions about a decision or action :  give advice to

  2. 2 :  to give information about something <Passengers were advised of bad flying conditions.>




\-ˈvī-zər\ noun

Law Dictionary


verb ad·vise \əd-ˈvīz\

Legal Definition of advise



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give advice to :  counsel <advise them to draw up a will>

  3. 2 :  to give information or notice to <advise them of their rights>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to give advice <advise on legal matters>

  6. 2 :  to take counsel <advise with your lawyer>




\əd-ˈvī-zər\ play noun

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