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.

Examples of adviser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Senate bill contains similar language aimed at the four nations, telling the president’s science adviser to develop and issue rules that would require all federal agencies to adopt such a ban. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, 15 June 2021 Zakharov -- the Russian adviser to President Touadera -- shot back within hours. Tim Lister, Sebastian Shukla And Clarissa Ward, CNN, 15 June 2021 Only the City Council has the power to set the tax levy, but residents can give input on spending and the City Council can vote to approve their wishes, said Stacie Kvilvang of Ehlers, Inc., who is Burnsville's municipal adviser. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 Secretary of State George Schultz and national-security adviser Colin Powell believed that strong rhetoric would undermine Gorbachev’s glasnost and perestroika efforts and set back the fragile relationship Reagan was building with Gorbachev. H. R. Mcmaster, National Review, 12 June 2021 In April, former Trump adviser Stephen Miller formed the America First Legal Foundation to sue in Texas on behalf on behalf of Sid Miller, a White farmer who is also the Texas agriculture commissioner. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Wiley, who was the mayor’s chief legal adviser before joining the CCRB in July 2016, has made police reform a central part of her campaign platform. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, 11 June 2021 As music director laureate, Alsop will conduct three subscription programs each season; for the next three years, the veteran conductor James Conlon will be the orchestra’s artistic adviser, as potential successors to her are tried out. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Robert Zurek, an engineer, is Rebecca’s father and the club’s adviser. Maya Mokh,, 10 June 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Adviser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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