advise

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

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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, as worthy or expedient to be followed.
    The dentist advised brushing three times a day.
    • 1992, Burns, D. & Pierce, J.P., Tobacco Use in California 1990-1991, Sacramento: California Department of Health Services (ISBN 9781437910919), 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 give information or notice to; to inform or counsel; — with of before the thing communicated.
    We were advised of the risk.
    The lawyer advised me to drop the case, since there was no chance of winning.
  3. (intransitive) To consider, to deliberate.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. VIII, The Election
      [] 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.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To look at, watch; to see.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.v:
      when that villain he auiz'd, which late / Affrighted had the fairest Florimell, / Full of fiers fury, and indignant hate, / To him he turned []

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