Definition of advise in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈvʌɪz/


[reporting verb]
1Offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone: [with object and infinitive]: I advised him to go home [with object]: he advised caution [no object]: we advise against sending cash by post
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  • The above guidelines advise against antibiotics because of their ineffectiveness, which may not be true.
  • I strongly advise against the incorporation of emergency laws into our ordinary legal system.
  • While it is may seem appropriate to bring flowers to a hostess, I usually advise against it.
counsel, give counsel, give counselling, give guidance, guide, make recommendations, offer suggestions, offer opinions, give hints, give tips, give pointers, direct, give direction(s), instruct, give instruction, illuminate, educate
1.1 [with object] Recommend: sleeping pills are not advised
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  • Another release had a curious note advising the recommending of headphones when listening.
  • And it may encourage solicitors to advise silence for other than good objective reasons.
  • The doctor diagnosed the condition, advising doses of testosterone over any recommended levels.
1.2 [with object] Inform (someone) about a fact or situation in a formal or official way: you will be advised of the requirements [with object and clause]: the lawyer advised the court that his client wished to give evidence
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  • I was recently advised of a splendid plan to unloose some sparrow hawks in Glasgow's parks and squares.
  • I was advised of it by email from an Australian journalist, who asked for a comment.
  • She claims she was not advised of alternative pharmacies as the pharmacist refused to speak to her.
inform, notify, give notice, apprise, brief, give intelligence, send word, keep posted, warn, forewarn;
acquaint with, make familiar with, make known to, let know, enlighten as to, give information about, keep up to date with, update about
informal give the gen, give the low-down, give the rundown, fill in on, gen up on, clue up about, clue in on, put in the picture about, put wise about, keep up to speed with


Middle English: from Old French aviser, based on Latin ad- 'to' + visere, frequentative of videre 'to see'. The original senses included 'look at' and 'consider', hence 'consult with others'.

Words that rhyme with advise

apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, revise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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