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.

Examples of adviser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Broadcasting company Patrick Broadcasting, which is owned by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a firebrand conservative and former talk radio host, received a loan of $179,000, according to Patrick’s senior adviser Sherry Sylvester. Washington Post, "Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans," 7 July 2020 Katrina Pierson, a Trump campaign senior adviser and former spokeswoman for Trump's 2016 campaign. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four prominent Republican women to campaign for Trump in Wisconsin," 7 July 2020 Biden also hired Sincere Harris as a senior adviser for operations in the state. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Biden beefs up Pennsylvania team in key Electoral College state," 7 July 2020 Broadcasting company Patrick Broadcasting, which is owned by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a firebrand conservative and former talk radio host, received a loan of $179,000, according to Patrick's senior adviser Sherry Sylvester. Brian Slodysko, Anchorage Daily News, "Big Trump donors were among the very earliest recipients of pandemic-relief loans," 7 July 2020 Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend and senior adviser to Melania Trump, is writing a memoir that will detail their 15-year relationship, from beginning to implosion. TheWeek, "Melania Trump's former friend and adviser set to publish 'explosive' tell-all book," 7 July 2020 Brendan McPhillips will serve as state director and Sinceré Harris as senior adviser, the campaign said in a press release. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democratic Senate candidates raise serious cash," 7 July 2020 White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway noted Wednesday that Trump is regularly tested for the coronavirus, as are his aides. Aamer Madhani, Fortune, "In an unmasked TV interview, Trump softens his stance on wearing a mask," 2 July 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign announced Tuesday the hiring of a veteran southeastern Michigan consultant, Eddie McDonald, as senior adviser in the state and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's son, Ed Duggan, as its political director. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Biden campaign makes key hires in Michigan, including veteran political consultant," 30 June 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adviser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adviser. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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