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advise Syllabification: ad·vise
Pronunciation: /ədˈvīz/

Definition of advise in English:


[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 mail [with direct speech]: “Go to Paris,” he advised
More example sentences
  • 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 guidance, guide, offer suggestions, give hints, give tips, give pointers
1.1 [with object] Recommend (something): 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.
advocate, recommend, suggest, urge, encourage, enjoin
1.2 [with object] Inform (someone) about a fact or situation, typically 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 of, notify about/of, give notice of, apprise of, warn of, forewarn of;
acquaint with, make familiar with, keep posted about, update about/on
informal fill in on


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 'consider jointly, 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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