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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Synonyms for advise

Synonyms

adjure, admonish, counsel

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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.

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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For those tempted by Snowball's charm to adopt their own dancing cockatoo, Patel advises caution. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Snowball the dancing cockatoo has wide range of killer moves, new study finds," 8 July 2019 Neither Ivanka nor Jared has the experience or expertise to advise a president. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019 The move fell in line with a troubling pattern: After their tenure at the FDA, commissioners tend to go on to advise private companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Trust issues deepen as yet another FDA commissioner joins the pharmaceutical industry," 1 July 2019 The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against travel to certain parts of the country. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Will Visit Pakistan This Fall," 29 June 2019 The next year, a nonprofit advisory council, the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council, was formed to advise, plan and recommend actions to PG&E for each of the 1,000 or so individual parcels. Spencer Silva, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E owns land across California. What will happen to it?," 24 June 2019 Lacey and Larkin say they were advised by counsel that what Backpage was doing was 100 percent legal. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 He was advised to have his stomach stapled and lose 100 pounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Why magician Penn Jillette fasts 23 hours a day to maintain his 100-pound weight loss," 16 June 2019 In 2008, he was advised not to have students in his classroom unsupervised. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward School Board wants more than 1-day suspension for teacher in hugging case," 12 June 2019

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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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adviser

verb

Financial Definition of adviser

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.

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advise

verb

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

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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 advisor (audio) \ noun

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