verb ad·vise \ əd-ˈvīz \
|Updated on: 13 Aug 2018

Definition of advise

advised; advising
1 a : 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
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


or advisor play \-ˈvī-zər\ noun

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Examples of advise in a Sentence

  1. … 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.Time17 May 2004
  2. 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 GearinoCasper Star Tribune3 Mar. 2003
  3. 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 SmileyHarper'sJune 2000
  4. Los Angeles Center advised me of a Boeing 747 at my one o'clock position and 500 feet below. —Barbara Cushman RowellPlane & Pilot1994
  5. An internist … advised me of an experimental drug. —Robert E. NegerAmerican Medical News2 Sept. 1991
  6. I strongly advise you to sell your old car.

  7. We advised them to save their money.

  8. My doctor advised me to lose some weight.

  9. She advises the President on foreign affairs.

  10. We were thinking of buying that house, but our lawyer advised against it.

  11. I advise selling your old car.

  12. He advises patience when dealing with children.

  13. The boss asked us to keep him advised about how the project is going.

Recent Examples of advise from the Web

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What's the Difference Between adviser and advisor?

Adviser or advisor? It doesn't matter what your computer's spellcheck tells you, adviser and advisor are both correct. Although there is enough overlap between these two words that they are generally considered simply to be different ways to spell the same word, there are some cases in which one tends to be used more often than the other. Some people feel that advisor is more formal, and it tends to be found more often when applied to official positions, such as an advisor to a president. When referring to someone who is serving in a military role, especially when using the term as a euphemism (as when claiming that troops are actually military advisers), then adviser is somewhat more common.

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

Financial Definition of ADVISE


What It Is

In the finance world, an advisor (also spelled adviser) is an educated investment professional who helps people and businesses set and meet long-term financial goals.

How It Works

An advisor is similar to an investment advisor, financial planner, investment manager or investment consultant.

An advisor analyzes a client's current financial status and helps the client set reasonable, achievable financial goals. He or she can address a broad array of questions competently. Advisors also make investment recommendations, provide objective advice and help clients weigh the financial consequences of life decisions. They also help clients stay organized.

Advisors must have expertise in tax planning, asset allocation, risk management, retirement planning and estate planning in order to help clients at all stages of life and in a variety of circumstances. In some cases a client will let his or her advisor act as a fiduciary, meaning that the client gives the advisor permission to make decisions on the client's behalf without consulting the client for approval beforehand. Advisors often either charge by the hour or they charge the client a percentage of the assets under management.

Why It Matters

Advisors help millions of people get financially organized and help them make educated life decisions.

In most states, anyone can call himself an advisor because there are few licensing requirements and little regulation. There are several credentials that advisors can obtain, however, and the most common is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. An advisor must pass the CFP test, have an appropriate level of prior education, sign a code of ethics and have several years of actual planning experience before obtaining the right to use the CFP designation. CFPs also must obtain a certain number of hours of continuing education every year to keep the designation.

Several organizations help people find qualified advisors, including the National Association of Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

ADVISE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of advise for English Language Learners

  • : to give an opinion or suggestion to someone about what should be done : to give advice to (someone)

  • : to recommend or suggest (something)

  • : to give information to (someone)

ADVISE Defined for Kids


verb ad·vise \ əd-ˈvīz \

Definition of advise for Students

advised; advising
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.


or advisor \-ˈvī-zər\ noun

Law Dictionary


verb ad·vise \ əd-ˈvīz \

legal Definition of advise

advised; advising
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
1 : to give advice
  • advise on legal matters
2 : to take counsel
  • advise with your lawyer


also advisor play \əd-ˈvī-zər\ noun

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