Definition of advise
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 consequencesc : 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
adviseror less commonly
advisorplay \-ˈvī-zər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of advise from the Web
Experts generally advise waiting two to three weeks before swimming with new body art to prevent bacteria from entering the exposed tattoo site.
But his trainer recently advised the trust to take on a helper to eventually replace him.
Two people were killed in a school shooting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday, prompting the U.S. mission there to advise Americans to avoid the area.
South Korea has also advised its citizens to avoid the restaurants on overseas trips.
Savvy owners have been known to sneak their transient guests into the property by advising security that their visit is authorized.
The board is an independent panel that advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the president.
The government advised people living near swollen rivers and hilly slopes prone to landslides to evacuate, as heavy rains were expected to continue.
In each episode, teams of two contestants, advised by a racing handicapper, will bet on three races.
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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.
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
Definition of advise for Students
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.
Legal Definition of advise
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
advisor\əd-ˈvī-zər\ play noun
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