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

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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 Surely Pelosi, blessed with preternatural political instincts, wouldn’t rely on Dean’s advice? David Harsanyi, National Review, "Pelosi’s Impeachment Blunder," 9 Jan. 2020 At a recent conference in Milan about future technologies, the audience—including many influential business leaders—swarmed him after his talk, asking for advice and autographs. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 Here’s his advice for more feet-down action on late-season Canadas. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Fooling Late-Season Canada Geese," 2 Jan. 2020 My advice is more about when to ask him what's happening. Love, "What’s the next step with my roommate?," 17 Dec. 2019 The key piece of advice Kurian offered was especially pertinent to the Solutions crowd spending the week exploring new possibilities in blockchain and cybersecurity. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Google Cloud CEO explains what makes new technologies last," 11 Dec. 2019 There are legitimate reasons for a president to want to shield conversations between himself and his closest advisors: most importantly, to permit a president to receive candid advice. Tom Campbell, Orange County Register, "Trump’s side should be heard before House moves on impeachment: Tom Campbell," 2 Dec. 2019 Marie Kondo’s advice to store things of the same category together has influenced my home organization to at least some degree. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "There’s a very simple hack for your work wardrobe," 28 Nov. 2019 Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today's digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Your photos are a mess: 3 steps to organization bliss," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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“Advice.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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How to pronounce advice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of advice

: an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do


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.


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

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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