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.

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But Morgan, senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, and the president support the actions, a senior White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal fissures. Nick Miroff, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump renews pledge to deport millions, but ICE reality is far more limited," 18 June 2019 Helping further that image, Trump advisers believe, is that his main Democratic foils are all career politicians: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, former Vice President Joe Biden and, yes, Hillary Clinton. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is announcing his reelection bid tonight. Can he still run as an outsider?," 18 June 2019 Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway is accused of violating the Hatch Act and a federal agency has recommended she be removed from her White House job. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: Republicans and Democrats fight over UTC headquarters departure," 14 June 2019 Roberts served as Ike’s financial adviser and executor, and, after Roberts helped arrange his run for President, as his bagman. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The company hosts events such as a Women's Recognition Conference for successful financial advisers as well as an Inclusion and Diversity Week every year in the Tempe home office. Debra Gelbart, azcentral, "Edward Jones - Diversity Category Winner," 13 June 2019 One of his concerns is the F.B.I.’s partial reliance on research financed by Democratic Party interests to obtain court approval to wiretap of a former Trump campaign adviser. New York Times, "People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Stockpiling Power.," 9 June 2019 Last month John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser, enraged China by breaking with decades of precedent to meet his Taiwanese opposite number. The Economist, "Taiwan’s computing titans are caught up in the US-China tech war," 6 June 2019 Trump's eldest daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump was also in attendance at the meeting. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "President Trump Meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street," 4 June 2019

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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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