adviser

noun

ad·​vis·​er əd-ˈvī-zər How to pronounce adviser (audio)
variants or advisor
: 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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Caroline Wren, an adviser to Ms. Lake, confirmed the Mar-a-Lago visit Thursday. Chad Day, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2022 Now de Blasio is out, and Mayor Eric Adams is in, with his friend and adviser David Banks at his side as schools chancellor. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 Marc Caputo reported yesterday that a Scott adviser called out the super PAC, Senate Leadership Fund, for not yet spending in the Georgia runoff. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2022 The settlement excluded real estate broker and frequent volunteer mayoral adviser Jason Hughes, who had a deal to share profits with Cisterra. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 The city council also hired an outside financial adviser that said the flyovers, based on the annexation of the Publix, was a strong investment. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 14 Nov. 2022 Iris Stevens, chairwoman for Citizens Taxed Enough, said the library needs to look into a financial adviser. Teresa Moss, Arkansas Online, 13 Nov. 2022 Ukraine’s communications watchdog said national TV and radio broadcasts had resumed in the city, and an adviser to Kherson’s mayor said humanitarian aid and supplies had begun to arrive from the neighboring Mykolaiv region. Hanna Arhirova, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Nov. 2022 Ukraine’s communications watchdog said national TV and radio broadcasts had resumed in the city, and an adviser to Kherson’s mayor said humanitarian aid and supplies had begun to arrive from the neighboring Mykolaiv region. Time, 12 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1536, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adviser was circa 1536

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“Adviser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adviser. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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