advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Definition of advise

transitive verb

1a : to give (someone) a recommendation about what should be done : to give advice to Her doctor advised her to try a drier climate.
b : caution, warn advise them of the consequences
c : recommend advise prudence
2 : to give information or notice to : inform advise them of their rights

intransitive verb

1 : to give a recommendation about what should be done advise on legal matters
2 : to talk with someone in order to decide what should be done : consult advise with friends

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Advise was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century from Anglo-French aviser, itself from avis, meaning "opinion." That avis is not to be confused with the Latin word avis, meaning "bird" (an ancestor of such English words as avian and aviation). Instead, it results from the Old French phrase ce m'est a vis ("that appears to me"), a partial translation of Latin mihi visum est, "it seemed so to me" or "I decided." We advise you to remember that advise is spelled with an s, whereas the related noun advice includes a stealthy c.

Examples of advise in a Sentence

… the White House let it be known that the President had privately rebuked his Defense Secretary for not advising him of the extent of the problem. — John F. Dickerson et al., Time, 17 May 2004 Bureau of Land Management officials are recruiting a variety of Wyoming residents to serve on a working group that will advise the agency on possible changes to the level and pace of oil and gas development … — Jeff Gearino, Casper Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2003 When I told my lawyer that my boyfriend was going to remodel my house, she advised me to get a strict estimate and regular billings … — Jane Smiley, Harper's, June 2000 Los Angeles Center advised me of a Boeing 747 at my one o'clock position and 500 feet below. — Barbara Cushman Rowell, Plane & Pilot, 1994 An internist … advised me of an experimental drug. — Robert E. Neger, American Medical News, 2 Sept. 1991 I strongly advise you to sell your old car. We advised them to save their money. My doctor advised me to lose some weight. She advises the President on foreign affairs. We were thinking of buying that house, but our lawyer advised against it. I advise selling your old car. He advises patience when dealing with children. The boss asked us to keep him advised about how the project is going.
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Recent Examples on the Web Safety measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus still advise against gathering indoors, in large groups. oregonlive, "More Netflix price hikes arrive, as the company promotes 2021 movies," 13 Jan. 2021 Here’s what doctors and other medical authorities advise. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Should You Go to the ER for That? How to Decide Medical Options as Covid Strains Hospitals," 11 Jan. 2021 These foods contribute very little nutrition, so the guidelines advise limits. Carla Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, "New US dietary guidelines stop short of two key recommendations from scientists advising the government," 30 Dec. 2020 Caplan is an unpaid adviser to Moderna (as well as to Janssen, maker of another vaccine candidate) but did not advise Moderna on this issue. Andrea Kane, CNN, "Some think Moderna VIPS may cut the line to get scarce Covid-19 vaccine," 30 Dec. 2020 Those foods contribute very little nutrition, so the guidelines advise limits. NBC News, "Dietary guidelines urge no added sugar for babies, toddlers under age 2," 29 Dec. 2020 But the guidance system becomes an issue when the airport’s controllers must advise three incoming planes to land simultaneously while using instrument flight rules due to poor weather. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Whistleblower claims runway at Detroit Metro Airport unsafe," 22 Dec. 2020 Neither inquiry is said to implicate the elder Biden, but Justice Department guidelines advise against overt investigatory actions that could disrupt an election. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Barr labored to conceal Hunter Biden inquiries from public during election: Report," 10 Dec. 2020 Birdcode’s team helps advise customers on spice levels, often directing people to the medium level to start, Brandi said, but some brave diners haven’t been afraid to taste the fire. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Coming in hot: Where to find fiery Nashville chicken in Connecticut," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of advise

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for advise

Middle English avisen, advisen "to look at, examine, find out, take thought, consider, decide, instruct, counsel," borrowed from Anglo-French aviser, adviser "to look at, examine, consider, give advice to, inform," partly from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + viser "to see, catch sight of" (going back to Vulgar Latin *vīsāre, alteration, by conjugational change, of Latin vīsere "to go and look, look," frequentative of vidēre "to see"), partly verbal derivative of avis "thought, judgment" — more at advice

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21 Jan 2021

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“Advise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advise. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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advise

verb
How to pronounce advise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of advise

: to give an opinion or suggestion to someone about what should be done : to give advice to (someone)
: to recommend or suggest (something)
formal : to give information to (someone)

advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Kids Definition of advise

1 : to give suggestions about a decision or action : give advice to
2 : to give information about something Passengers were advised of bad flying conditions.

Other Words from advise

adviser or advisor \ -​ˈvī-​zər \ noun

advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Legal Definition of advise

transitive verb

1 : to give advice to : counsel advise them to draw up a will
2 : to give information or notice to advise them of their rights

intransitive verb

1 : to give advice advise on legal matters
2 : to take counsel advise with your lawyer

Other Words from advise

adviser also advisor \ əd-​ˈvī-​zər How to pronounce advise (audio) \ noun

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