Definition of advice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈvʌɪs/


1 [mass noun] Guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent action: my advice is to see your doctor he should take advice from his accountant
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  • They were giving it out to customers as well as offering advice on the benefits of tap water over bottled water.
  • There are too many powerful men who truly believe that the Waltons offer dandy advice on life and morals.
  • Every week, it seems, women are offered ever more expert advice on how to manipulate their men.
guidance, advising, counselling, counsel, help, direction, instruction, information, enlightenment;
informal info, gen, dope, the low-down, the inside story
2A formal notice of a financial transaction: remittance advices
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  • Suppliers of medical services also have immediate access to their remittance advices which results in a paperless environment.
  • Cheques and remittance advices were raised mostly in alphabetical order, as per the purchase ledger.
  • We quote below a message which will represent your first advices in connection with this incident.
3 [mass noun] (also advices) archaic Information; news: the want of fresh advices from Europe
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  • Last evening a gentleman arrived here from Providence, by whom we are favour'd with the following, fresh advices from the northern army.
  • From this deplorable apathy Cortes was roused by fresh advices urging his presence in Mexico.
  • A few days before the arrival of the news of peace, he received private advices from the Continent which led him to anticipate it.


Middle English: from Old French avis, based on Latin ad 'to' + visum, past participle of videre 'to see'. The original sense was 'way of looking at something, judgement', hence later 'an opinion given'.

  • Advice is from Old French avis, based on Latin videre ‘to see’. The original sense was ‘a way of looking at something’, ‘a judgement’, which led later to ‘an opinion given’. Supervise (Late Middle English) ‘to over see’ and words at vision are from the same root.

Words that rhyme with advice

bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, precise, price, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, splice, suffice, syce, thrice, top-slice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss

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