adviser

noun
ad·​vis·​er | \ əd-ˈvī-zər How to pronounce adviser (audio) \
variants: or advisor

Definition of adviser

: someone who gives advice a financial/investment adviser She was not signing on as a domestic or foreign-policy adviser— Peggy Noonan In this meeting, Clifford, who had been a senior Truman aide and an adviser to Kennedy, used George Ball's memorandums in pleading that the war could not be won.— Sidney Blumenthal In December, she and her thesis advisor, Neal Evans, used the camera, attached to a 50-inch telescope, to look for infant stars in a giant molecular cloud in the constellation Orion.— Andrew Chaikin In a real sense, the emperor's astronomical ministers functioned like advisors in a modern president's cabinet, advising him on how best to conduct the affairs of state in a harmonious and effective manner.— Laurence A. Marschall

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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.

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The national security adviser, John Bolton, has publicly encouraged Trump to keep pressing Russia on election meddling, noting that in a preparatory meeting with him, Putin denied Russian state involvement, but not any Russian involvement at all. BostonGlobe.com, "Crossed signals on Russia show Trump untethered from advisers," 14 July 2018 Scott's longtime financial adviser, Gregory D. Scott, was also a longtime member of the CSP board. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Rick Scott and family made $550M in one transaction. How 'blind' is his blind trust?," 11 July 2018 At his private club in New Jersey this weekend, Trump has been consulting with aides and advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, who flew up to work through the pluses and minuses of each candidate. Philip Elliott, Time, "Inside Donald Trump's Supreme Court Deliberations," 9 July 2018 That’s why Facebook created a group of advisers to make sure that it wasn’t being biased against conservatives. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 Around the time of their House hearing, more people searched for Diamond and Silk on Google than White House adviser Kellyanne Conway or then-Chief of Staff John Kelly. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Diamond and Silk, Fox & Friends’ favorite black Trump supporters, explained," 5 Feb. 2019 Former presidential candidate and restaurant executive Herman Cain is being considered by President Trump for one of two vacancies on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, a top White House adviser said Thursday. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Herman Cain, Marvin Goodfriend Being Considered for Fed Governor," 31 Jan. 2019 Her husband, Kushner, was scrutinized for the same issue in September of 2017, and, as initially reported by The New York Times, so were four other White House advisers: Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Reince Priebus, and Gary Cohn. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump Used Her Personal Email Account for Government Business," 20 Nov. 2018 David Axelrod, once the senior adviser to Barack Obama, dismissed Steyer’s ads as a vanity project. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of adviser

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adviser

advise + -er entry 2, -or entry 1

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