Definition of adviser in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈvīzər/
(also advisor)


1A person who gives advice, typically someone who is expert in a particular field: the military adviser to the president
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  • In the past he has been an adviser to the New Zealand and Russian Governments on pensions policy.
  • An adviser to the Royal Mail has been involved in discussions with major banks.
  • Strangely, he is the adviser to the transport department whose services the police use.
counselor, mentor, guide, consultant, confidant, confidante, aide;
coach, trainer, teacher, tutor, guru
informal main man
1.1chiefly North American (In a school, college, or university) a teacher or staff counselor who helps a student plan a course of study: my adviser might switch me back into Wasserman’s class
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  • She has previously worked as a college student advisor and has taught in Slovakia.
  • We could cut student services like advisors, cleaning staff, security, food services and so forth.
  • The college could offer academic advisors training on how to advise students.


The spellings adviser and advisor are both correct. Adviser is more common, but advisor is also widely used, especially in North America. Adviser may be seen as less formal, while advisor often suggests an official position.

Words that rhyme with adviser

chastiser, coryza, despiser, deviser, divisor, Dreiser, Eliza, incisor, Kaiser, Liza, miser, Mount Isa, provisor, reviser, riser, sizer, visor

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Syllabification: ad·vis·er

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