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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.
  3. 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

1275–1325; late Middle English; replacing Middle English avisen < Anglo-French, Old French aviser, verbal derivative of avis opinion (< a vis; see advice)
Related formspre·ad·vise, verb (used with object), pre·ad·vised, pre·ad·vis··ad·vise, verb, re·ad·vised, re·ad·vis·ing.
Can be confusedadvice advise (see synonym study at advice)

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Examples from the Web for advising

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Historical Examples of advising

  • Left a note for my brother, advising him to camp here the first night.

  • I have no friend—none, none willing or capable of advising me!

  • You see, I was right in advising silence to be kept towards them.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • So there had been a conference, and Emile was advising Vere.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Some laugh at the very notion of advising others, and when they are asked will not say what they think.



British Dictionary definitions for advising


verb (when tr, may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
  1. to offer advice (to a person or persons); counselhe advised the king; to advise caution; he advised her to leave
  2. (tr sometimes foll by of) formal to inform or notify
  3. (intr foll by with) mainly US or obsolete to consult or discuss

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for advising



late 13c., avisen "to view, consider," from Old French aviser "deliberate, reflect, consider" (13c.), from avis "opinion" (see advice). Meaning "to give counsel to" is late 14c. Related: Advised; advising.

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