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 Such proximity, however, is a double-edged sword, and not only for the public in each country, but the advisers themselves. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Ireland Puts Its Anthony Fauci Front and Center," 22 May 2020 President Trump favors a payroll tax cut, something economic adviser Larry Kudlow reiterated on Tuesday despite a seeming bipartisan lack of enthusiasm for the idea on Capitol Hill. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "GOP fault lines appear as some press for more relief while others demand a spending pause," 21 May 2020 Oregon Republicans nominated Albany financial adviser Jo Rae Perkins Tuesday to challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in November. oregonlive, "Oregon Republican Senate nominee backs away from Election Day support for 'QAnon’ conspiracy theory," 21 May 2020 Behind the scenes, the deputy administrator of NASA and a handful of other advisers pressed the president to keep the faith as SpaceX neared its first launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The numbers don’t lie—NASA’s move to commercial space has saved money," 20 May 2020 Burmeister also brought the team a range of speakers — from financial advisers to CEOs to doctors. Greg Luca,, "Ken Burmeister leaves legacy of building experiences as coach at UTSA, UIW," 20 May 2020 The new adviser, Julie Chavez Rodriguez, previously worked as co-national political director on California Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign and was her California state director before that. Time, "Joe Biden Campaign Hires César Chávez's Granddaughter to Help With Latino Outreach," 19 May 2020 Another Phlow board member is Rosemary Gibson, a health adviser at the Hastings Center, who has written – and warned – about the reliance of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain on China. Ed Silverman, STAT, "CEO tapped by Trump to make generic drugs during pandemic has a dicey track record," 19 May 2020 White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said Friday. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Trump Hasn’t Ruled Out More Aid for States, Economic Adviser Says," 15 May 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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adviser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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