Definition of advice in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘Spotting classic mistakes is not easy, but there is some good advice on offer.’
    • ‘The salon also offers hairdressers advice on how to run their businesses better.’
    • ‘They were giving it out to customers as well as offering advice on the benefits of tap water over bottled water.’
    • ‘Several lawyers have offered free advice on the issue and he said he would ask one of them what he should do.’
    • ‘Even when he was offering me advice on my personal life, he had me in stitches.’
    • ‘Can you offer any advice on how to plan what to grow, how to set out and maintain the patch, what tools to get, etc?’
    • ‘Importantly, the site also offers advice on what to do should your debt have run out of control.’
    • ‘Fruit nurseries are always happy to offer advice on how to grow specific plants, so do ask when you buy.’
    • ‘Police today offered advice on how van owners can make themselves less vulnerable to the gang.’
    • ‘This handbook offers advice on blogging anonymously and getting round censorship.’
    • ‘They will then offer advice on how the groups can extend their services to a wider range of people.’
    • ‘The guidance gives no advice on how the question of incapacity is to be determined.’
    • ‘We offer advice on the procedures to get court orders to remove illegal encampments.’
    • ‘The trust can back this up with workplace visits offering advice on giving up.’
    • ‘Every week, it seems, women are offered ever more expert advice on how to manipulate their men.’
    • ‘The messages offer encouragement and advice on how to choose the best career.’
    • ‘We would like to offer some advice on how to ensure they do not become victims.’
    • ‘It tells us to stop buying rounds but offers little practical advice on how to dodge them.’
    • ‘Everyone arrested is offered drug treatment and advice on benefits and housing.’
    • ‘There are too many powerful men who truly believe that the Waltons offer dandy advice on life and morals.’
    guidance, advising, counselling, counsel, help, direction, instruction, information, enlightenment
    recommendations, guidelines, suggestions, hints, tips, pointers, ideas, opinions, views, facts, data
    info, gen, dope, the low-down, the inside story
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  • 2A formal notice of a financial transaction:

    ‘remittance advices’
    • ‘Then underneath, ‘Counsel's costs’, there are two advices: one at £900, one at £825.’
    • ‘An offsider is hauling together the thousands of different legal advices and papers published on the web.’
    • ‘He said the excess water deduction on members' salary advices was recently amended.’
    • ‘When you're dealing with laws, there'll be a duplication of advices that are being received.’
    • ‘Providers will see an increase in their payments and on their remit advices.’
    • ‘Suppliers of medical services also have immediate access to their remittance advices which results in a paperless environment.’
    • ‘We quote below a message which will represent your first advices in connection with this incident.’
    • ‘Cheques and remittance advices were raised mostly in alphabetical order, as per the purchase ledger.’
    • ‘This strategy should include providing members with fortnightly pay advices.’
    • ‘In relation to counsel's fees, there were a number of advices that have not been set out in the schedule.’
    • ‘Is it a stack of old draft reports and legal advices?’
    • ‘A full and conclusive inquiry was conducted by the Attorney-General including advices of independent Queen's Counsels.’
    • ‘This electronic payment solution provides electronic versions of paper checks and remittance advices.’
  • 3archaic [mass noun] Information; news:

    ‘the want of fresh advices from Europe’
    • ‘Latest advices from abroad give assurances of her safety.’
    • ‘From this deplorable apathy Cortes was roused by fresh advices urging his presence in Mexico.’
    • ‘Last evening a gentleman arrived here from Providence, by whom we are favour'd with the following, fresh advices from the northern army.’
    • ‘The next advices from the continent may change the face of affairs.’
    • ‘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’.