advice

noun
ad·vice | \əd-ˈvīs \

Definition of advice 

1 : recommendation regarding a decision or course of conduct : counsel … shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treaties …U.S. Constitution offering medical advice a word of advice

2 : information or notice given usually used in plural … the latest advices from Mexico …— Henry David Thoreau

3 : an official notice concerning a business transaction payment advices

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Examples of advice in a Sentence

Parties have to make decisions involving millions of dollars based on incomplete information; to help make those decisions, they inevitably seek advice from pollsters they trust. — Noam Scheiber, New Republic, 24 Feb. 2003 Of all the e-mail advice I've received about my herniated disk, from acupuncture to zen, the most immediately applicable has been this: Channel your daily rage away from your spine. — Robert Lipsyte, New York Times, 21 July 2002 My advice is to sell your old car and get a new one. Take my advice and sell your old car. He needs advice from an expert. She's been giving him some expert advice about investing. “May I ask your advice about something?” “Certainly. I'm always happy to give advice when asked for it.”
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Recent Examples on the Web

Within minutes after hopping off the bus, she was approached by kindly gentlemen offering her protection, fatherly advice, drinks and hotel rooms. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "True crime: The 'dresser drawer murder' at the Claypool Hotel," 13 July 2018 Smith joined Instagram less than a year ago and has already amassed almost 18 million followers, and has used the platform to post life advice, adorable throwback photos of his family, and share his new music. Esme Douglas, EW.com, "Will Smith makes an extreme #InMyFeelingsChallenge video," 12 July 2018 What rings true, what rings false?’ That’s good advice for a juror — and for a son. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018 Any advice to the next crop of candidates who try to bridge that gap? Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on Recode Media," 2 July 2018 Jacob said Alex went out of his way to give Wakefield advice, checking in regularly to make sure the fellow soldier got out of his funk. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Fallen Chandler soldier, Sgt. Alexander Conrad, was a 'hero,' brother says," 30 June 2018 Her advice: find the type of exercise that works for you and start with one change at a time, like walking 10 minutes a day. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "CDC report: Only 1 in 5 Georgia adults getting enough exercise," 30 June 2018 One last bit of advice for finding a side hustle: do your due diligence. Kat Hnatyshyn, kansascity, "The secret to finding a good side hustle," 12 July 2018 Image The Trump administration’s aggressive attempts to water down an international resolution supporting breast-feeding go against decades of advice by most medical organizations and public health experts. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of advice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for advice

Middle English avis, avise, advis, advise "thought, judgment, opinion," borrowed from Anglo-French avis, avise, advis, from the phrase a vis "apparent" (in ce m'est a vis "that appears to me"), from a "to, at, in" (going back to Latin ad) + vis, in part from the noun vis "field of vision, sense of sight, face" (going back to Latin vīsus, verbal noun from vidēre "to see"), in part from the Old French phrase ço m'est vis "that seems to me," continuing Latin mihi est vīsum (with neuter past participle of vidēre) — more at at entry 1, wit entry 2

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More Definitions for advice

advice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of advice

: an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do

advice

noun
ad·vice | \əd-ˈvīs \

Kids Definition of advice

: suggestions about a decision or action He took his father's advice on buying a car.

advice

noun
ad·vice | \əd-ˈvīs \

Legal Definition of advice 

1 : recommendation regarding a decision or course of conduct he shall have power, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to make treatiesU.S. Constitution art. II advice of counsel

2 : an official notice concerning a business transaction

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