advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Definition of advise

transitive verb

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 consequences
c : recommend advise prudence
2 : to give information or notice to : inform advise them of their rights

intransitive verb

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

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Advise was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century as avise (spelling variants with the d found in the Modern English began showing up in the 15th century). The word is derived from the 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 the verb advise is spelled with an s, whereas the related noun advice includes a stealthy c.

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Other airports continue to handle flights, but advise customers to check in with their airlines. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022 However, aside from those situations, the HOA attorney should only represent and advise the HOA. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2022 Police officers must advise detainees of their rights before an interrogation. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 23 Sep. 2022 When selecting the best desk, both Portnof and Hayslett advise selecting one that’s around 28 to 30 inches. Rachel Dube, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 For instance, the Prime Minister of Poland nominates the members of the International Auschwitz Council, the people who sort of advise and supervise what goes on at Auschwitz. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 Here is how doctors advise gaining the most benefit from the shot. Alex Janin, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 Irregular menstrual cycles complicate the process, and healthcare providers generally advise taking several months to get to know your body before using a FAM. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 3 Sep. 2022 The National Weather Service and public health offices advise people to stay indoors as much as possible during extreme heat — particularly between 10 a.m. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of advise

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for advise

Middle English avisen, advisen "to look at, examine, find out, take thought, consider, decide, instruct, counsel," borrowed from Anglo-French aviser, adviser "to look at, examine, consider, give advice to, inform," partly from a- (going back to Latin ad- ad-) + viser "to see, catch sight of" (going back to Vulgar Latin *vīsāre, alteration, by conjugational change, of Latin vīsere "to go and look, look," frequentative of vidēre "to see"), partly verbal derivative of avis "thought, judgment" — more at advice

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“Advise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/advise. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for advise

advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Kids Definition of advise

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.

Other Words from advise

adviser or advisor \ -​ˈvī-​zər \ noun

advise

verb
ad·​vise | \ əd-ˈvīz How to pronounce advise (audio) \
advised; advising

Legal Definition of advise

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

1 : to give advice advise on legal matters
2 : to take counsel advise with your lawyer

Other Words from advise

adviser also advisor \ əd-​ˈvī-​zər How to pronounce advise (audio) \ noun

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