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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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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The first known use of advice was in the 14th century

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“Advice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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