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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Beverly Cooley, a 52-year-old college academic adviser in Milwaukee, likes to be active. Jeremy Fuchs,, "Why Some Cancer Survivors Are Going From Treatment to Triathlon," 5 June 2019 That insight echoed the advice the girls received from an adviser, a neighbor who happens to work for the AARP. Julia M. Chan, CNN, "Goodbye Genius Bar. So long Siri. Girl Scouts teach seniors how to work smartphones," 5 June 2019 The Wall Street Journal reported that Russian defense conglomerate Rostec had cut its staff of defense advisers in Venezuela, once totaling about 1,000, to a few dozen. Washington Post, "Trump said Russia was getting out of Venezuela. The Kremlin says that’s not true.," 4 June 2019 The Trump campaign amplified some of the posts, as did Trump allies including Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump adviser Roger Stone and Michael Flynn Jr., son of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Paul Wiseman, sacbee, "Haven’t read the Mueller report? This San Francisco bookshop will read it to you," 4 June 2019 Kevin Hassett, an outgoing economic adviser to President Donald Trump, said Monday his impending departure is not related to the current tariff threats on China and Mexico. NBC News, "White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says his departure is not because of tariffs," 3 June 2019 Once a member of the president’s inner circle, Gosh was sacked as an adviser in April 2011 for criticizing the government. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Sudanese army holds 1st meeting with protesters since coup," 13 Apr. 2019 Lauren Underwood, a former adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services, was also a first-time candidate who became the first African-American woman to win Illinois’s 14th Congressional District. Li Zhou, Vox, "This year’s elections are changing Congress for the better," 6 Dec. 2018 Friends have joked that Cámara will be López Obrador’s Valerie Jarrett, a close adviser whose role eludes easy definition. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 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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