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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.

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advise (third-person singular present advises, present participle advisin, past advised, past participle advised)

  1. to advise
  2. to consider
  3. to review