ad·​vice | \ əd-ˈvīs How to pronounce advice (audio) \

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

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.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web According to a draft document reviewed by NBC News, there are no significant changes in the current advice to mask, test or isolate. Joe Murphy, NBC News, 5 Aug. 2022 People don’t stand in the middle of an intersection and get financial advice from the cars that pass. Emil Sayegh, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The advice offered in this column is intended for informational purposes only. Chronicle Advice Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Aug. 2022 Not sure about the advice, but it’s definitely Green Velvet. Katie Bain, Billboard, 4 Aug. 2022 Plus, the advice given to estranged parents often does not take into consideration the logistics of starting over, and how vital planning is so our children can relax and feel safe in both homes. Tribune News Service, al, 3 Aug. 2022 Calls the possibility to show their portfolios and get advice from experts all around the world. Vogue, 2 Aug. 2022 William and Kate took part in an interactive workshop alongside some athletes learning about the practical advice provided to athletes on nutrition and restful sleep. Simon Perry,, 2 Aug. 2022 But that advice is all but impossible for migrant laborers and other workers who lack access to cooling technology. Heather Chen, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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ad·​vice | \ əd-ˈvīs How to pronounce advice (audio) \

Kids Definition of advice

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


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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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