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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
Beyond the fear of being attacked, there are other reasons that former advisers have not spoken out publicly.
Directing duties are split among Arena’s formidable out artistic director Molly Smith, deputy artistic director Seema Sueko, and senior artistic adviser Anita Maynard-Losh, along with local directors Paige Hernandez and director Psalmayene 24.D.C. theater scene adapts with films, concerts, and more|Patrick Folliard|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
Quartz spoke to Casey Dreier, the senior space policy adviser at the Planetary Foundation, about what’s on the horizon for US space policy.
Biden has assembled a team of advisers on the issue, some of whom worked in the Obama-Biden administration.Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine; Biden says Americans shouldn’t trust Trump|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
One of the president’s chief political concerns, advisers say, is convincing the public that his performance on coronavirus is better than they believed.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
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.”
Malcolm Tucker, a foul-mouthed political advisor, was the role that turned Capaldi into a household name in Britain.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor|Nico Hines|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He reiterated the statements “I am not a politician” and “I am not a political advisor” so often that it seemed like a verbal tic.
He must constantly stand as the able and ready advisor of the librarian, and for the honor and defence of the library.The Library and Society|Various
The advisor is concerned with making the best use of what is there—putting it at work under the most favorable conditions.Democracy and Education|John Dewey
To be a safe medical advisor requires that the mind be free from the petty cares of life.How to Collect a Doctor Bill|Frank P. Davis
The reply could hardly have been better if they'd penned it themselves for the signature of the faculty advisor.The Fourth R|George Oliver Smith
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