advice

noun
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 Climate change does not figure in the advice, which does not address sustainability or greenhouse gas emissions, both intimately tied to modern food production. Roni Caryn Rabin, BostonGlobe.com, "US diet guidelines sidestep scientific advice to cut sugar and alcohol," 30 Dec. 2020 Both deals face near-universal Republican opposition, ensuring little threat that the Senate would ratify them if Trump decides to take the senator’s advice. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Ted Cruz urges Trump to submit Iran nuclear and Paris climate deals to Senate in bid to kill both before leaving office," 22 Dec. 2020 Some patients in the U.S. and U.K. said they were puzzled and unsure about what advice to follow. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Covid-19 Vaccine Advice Leaves Some People With Allergies in Limbo," 18 Dec. 2020 Obama embraced Doncic, who was coloring a bookmark with former Mavericks great Jason Kidd, and jokingly warned him not to take shooting advice from Kidd. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Barack Obama is latest to marvel at Mavs’ Luka Doncic, but would he take him for NBA title contention?," 17 Dec. 2020 Travel at your own level of comfortability and always follow local health advice. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "What It's Really Like To Travel To Jamaica Right Now," 17 Dec. 2020 Most of the time, though, ignoring her — and continuing to follow public health advice myself — is the best course of action. Meg Brown, refinery29.com, "The Best Way To Set Anti-Vaxxers Straight About COVID-19 Myths," 14 Dec. 2020 The best way to protect pregnant people from getting the COVID-19 virus is to follow the CDC's advice and practice social distancing, avoid indoor gatherings and wear masks—and that goes for everybody, not just the pregnant people themselves. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Can Pregnant People Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? Here’s Everything We Know So Far," 11 Dec. 2020 That’s what great players do — the ability to take advice and transfer it over to team situations. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC linebacker Palaie Gaoteote enters NCAA transfer portal," 7 Dec. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advice. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for advice

advice

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How to pronounce advice (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of advice

: an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do

advice

noun
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.

advice

noun
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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