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OTHER WORDS FROM adviserad·vis·er·ship, noun
What does advisor mean?
An advisor is a person who gives others advice or guidance.
It can also be spelled adviser, especially in the United Kingdom and in American publications that use Associated Press style. Based on search and corpus data, advisor seems to be becoming more common than adviser.
Advisor is most often used in the context of formal relationships in which someone’s job is to give advice to people, especially academic advisors, political advisors, and financial advisors.
Example: Her academic advisor suggested that she take an extra class so she could graduate on time.
Where does advisor come from?
Advisor has been used to mean “someone who gives advice” since around the 1500s. The noun advisor derives from the verb advise, which comes from the Old French avis, meaning “opinion.” This word comes from the French phrase ce m’est a vis, meaning “that is my impression” or “it seems to me.” At the root of each of these words is the Latin vis, which is based on a verb meaning “to see” and is seen in words like vision.
You want your advisor to see things you don’t see—that’s the whole point of having an advisor. (Whether or not you see eye to eye with your advisor’s advice is another story.) An advisor can be anyone who gives advice. You can consider your close friends advisors if you rely on their advice for big decisions. But the word is most commonly used to refer to formal or professional relationships. Academic advisors advise students about their education, such as by suggesting which classes to take or which career to pursue. Financial advisors help their clients make decisions about investments and how to manage their money. Political advisors give politicians advice to help them make decisions. Of course, sometimes, a professional advisor might also be a friend.
Here’s an exchange from the TV show The West Wing in which the president advises someone about how to choose a chief of staff, which is his top advisor:
“You got a best friend?”
“Is he smarter than you?”
“Would you trust him with your life?”
“That’s your chief of staff.”
Our advice? Choose your advisors wisely.
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What are some other forms related to advisor?
- adviser (alternate spelling)
- advise (verb)
- advisership (noun)
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How is advisor used in real life?
Advisor is most commonly used in formal contexts, such as academia, politics, and finance.
HBO stuck the landing by refusing to alter course from the Mad Queen she has honestly and openly been from the start! Losing her closest advisors & allies only underlined how dangerous she has always been down to her bones
…ever since we first laid eyes on Selina Meyer. #Veep
— Moisés Chiullán (@moiseschiu) May 13, 2019
PhD applicants: Research topic and funding is important, but finding a great supervisor is essential. Find someone who will guide, challenge, support and listen to you, and be encouraging but also realistic. Ultimately it’s your advisors you learn from @AcademicChatter #phdadvice
— Lucy Thomas 🔭🌌 (@gravywavylucy) February 29, 2020
AP Style tip: use adviser, not advisor: The president and his advisers consulted at the White House.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) September 11, 2013
Try using advisor!
Is advisor used correctly in the following sentence?
Her financial advisor helps her manage all of her accounts.
Example sentences from the Web for adviser
The advisor would cite reasonable-sounding sources like haltabuse.org and the FBI.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Jeb next found himself as an advisor to Barclays, which had picked through the carcass of what was left of Lehman.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In Vietnam, Lewis was advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit, whose nickname for him was “Captain of Many Kilos.”
Akhtar attended the U.S. Army War College in 2008 where he won praise from his advisor, Edward J. Filiberti.Pakistan’s New Top Spy Once Suggested Peace With India|Chris Allbritton|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yusuf Yerkel, an advisor to Erdogan, was caught on camera as he kicked a demonstrator in Soma.After 100s of Miners Die, Turkey’s Prime Minister Says “This Happens”|Thomas Seibert|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The advisor lifted two fingers to the bartender and shrugged.
I introduced Hoddy as my confidential secretary and advisor.Lone Star Planet|Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
The advisor cramped his hand a little too tightly around his glass.
He will re-appear on the scene, the advisor of General Wolfe, as to the best landing place round Quebec.The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete|Gilbert Parker
Having thus engaged her honor, the advisor to the editor sat her down to plan.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams