[ ad-vahyz ]
See synonyms for: adviseadvisedadvisesadvising on

verb (used with object),ad·vised, ad·vis·ing.
  1. to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following: I advise you to be cautious.

  2. to recommend as desirable, wise, prudent, etc.: He advised secrecy for the sake of national security.

  1. to give (a person, group, etc.) information or notice (often followed by of): The investors were advised of the risk. They advised him that this was their final notice.

verb (used without object),ad·vised, ad·vis·ing.
  1. to take counsel; consult (usually followed by with): I shall advise with my friends.

  2. to offer counsel; give advice or recommend particular actions, conduct, etc.: I shall act as you advise.

Origin of advise

First recorded in 1275–1325; late Middle English; replacing Middle English avisen, from Anglo-French, Old French aviser, verbal derivative of avis “opinion” (from a vis; see advice)

Other words for advise

Other words from advise

  • pre·ad·vise, verb (used with object), pre·ad·vised, pre·ad·vis·ing.
  • re·ad·vise, verb, re·ad·vised, re·ad·vis·ing.

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How to use advise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for advise


/ (ədˈvaɪz) /

verb(when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
  1. to offer advice (to a person or persons); counsel: he advised the king; to advise caution; he advised her to leave

  2. (tr sometimes foll by of) formal to inform or notify

  1. (intr foll by with) mainly US or obsolete to consult or discuss

Origin of advise

C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin advīsāre (unattested) to consider, from Latin ad- to + visāre (unattested), from vīsere to view, from vidēre to see

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