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From Middle English avisen (to perceive, consider, inform), from Old French aviser, from avis, or from Late Latin advisō, from ad + visō, from Latin videō (to see), visum (past participle of videō). See also advice.


  • IPA(key): /ədˈvaɪz/
  • Hyphenation: ad‧vise
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪz


advise (third-person singular simple present advises, present participle advising, simple past and past participle advised)

  1. (transitive) To give advice to; to offer an opinion to, as worthy or expedient to be followed.
    The dentist advised me to brush three times a day.
    The lawyer advised me to drop the case, since there was no chance of winning.
    • 1992, Burns, D. & Pierce, J.P., Tobacco Use in California 1990-1991, Sacramento: California Department of Health Services, →ISBN, page 88:
      Of those current smokers who had seen a physician within the last year, 35.7% of the males and 27.6% of the females reported never having been advised to stop smoking by their physician.
  2. (transitive) To recommend; to offer as advice.
    The dentist advised brushing three times a day.
  3. (transitive) To give information or notice to; to inform or counsel; — with of before the thing communicated.
    We were advised of the risk.
  4. (intransitive) To consider, to deliberate.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, “8, The Election”, in Past and Present, book 2:
      [] Samson is reported to the King accordingly. His Majesty, advising of it for a moment, orders that Samson be brought in with the other Twelve.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To look at, watch; to see.
  6. (obsolete, intransitive) To consult (with).
    • 1746, Charles Pinot Duclos, The history of Lewis xi. king of France. Transl, page 169:
      The armies drawing constantly nearer to each other, the king advised with his council, whether he should march against the Britons, or sall upon the count of Gharolois.
  7. (Scotland, law) To deliver judgment after a case has been reserved for further consideration.

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  1. Misspelling of advice.