Definition of advise in English:



  • 1[reporting verb] Offer 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’
    • ‘I do not use fixed spools for heavy fishing and would advise against it.’
    • ‘All books printed over the last ten years advise against acquiring a kitten or puppy this way.’
    • ‘He or she might advise against it because it may put you at risk of complications.’
    • ‘We advise against all but essential travel to all other parts of Iraq.’
    • ‘The above guidelines advise against antibiotics because of their ineffectiveness, which may not be true.’
    • ‘No, I don't mind people buying proof copies, but I'd advise against buying them to collect.’
    • ‘The main body lies roughly to the north-east, though I advise against using a compass.’
    • ‘I don't like to read books and generally advise against it, as it damages the eyes.’
    • ‘I strongly advise against the incorporation of emergency laws into our ordinary legal system.’
    • ‘Most homeopaths advise against the use of essential oils if you are taking a homeopathic remedy.’
    • ‘The aim of the course is to advise and assist parents in the bringing up of their children in a drug free environment.’
    • ‘If you get a chance to sell your soul in the second week of February I would advise against it.’
    • ‘They advise against the sales of items that could be faulty and pose a danger risk like the brakes failing on a pushchair.’
    • ‘While it is may seem appropriate to bring flowers to a hostess, I usually advise against it.’
    • ‘He took the view that the course I had advised was entirely acceptable and ethical.’
    • ‘The experts advise against turning existing bedrooms into almost anything else.’
    • ‘Even if your security officers advise against it, why not pull over and mingle with the crowd?’
    • ‘I would advise against using it in the riot tomorrow, or at all, until you know how to work it.’
    • ‘You should lock into a fixed rate for the best deal - but experts advise against tying up your money for more than a year.’
    • ‘Experts advise against planting hostas closer in an attempt to get a full effect sooner.’
    counsel, give counsel, give counselling, give guidance, guide, make recommendations, offer suggestions, offer opinions, give hints, give tips, give pointers, direct, instruct, give instruction, illuminate, educate
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    1. 1.1[with object]Recommend.
      ‘sleeping pills are not advised’
      • ‘Long runs are not advised, as these require more endurance than stamina.’
      • ‘The doctor diagnosed the condition, advising doses of testosterone over any recommended levels.’
      • ‘He is not against the idea of modernity, but advises caution.’
      • ‘As my name suggests, I am not qualified to offer advice but I would advise caution’
      • ‘Another release had a curious note advising the recommending of headphones when listening.’
      • ‘He is, though, viewed as the man who would be more likely to advise caution.’
      • ‘And it may encourage solicitors to advise silence for other than good objective reasons.’
      • ‘He talked to friends, who advised the secure option.’
      • ‘Admission is free but donations are encouraged and early arrival is advised.’
      • ‘The court would express the hope that whatever course was medically advised would be honoured.’
      • ‘The doctor then uses the diagnosis to advise the correct course of treatment for this particular patient.’
      • ‘Letting go is of course not advised but only used as a demonstration.’
      • ‘Your doctor will assess you, and advise the best course of treatment to deal with the problem.’
      • ‘I wouldn't advise sleeping pills, but a nice warm bath might do the trick.’
      advocate, suggest, recommend, commend, urge, admonish, bid, encourage, enjoin, push for, press for, subscribe to, endorse, champion, back, support, speak for, call for, campaign for, argue for, promote, prompt
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    2. 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’
      • ‘His lawyer has advised him that if attacked in his home he is within his rights to use the revolver.’
      • ‘I am not arguing - I am advising your Honours as to the court's approach.’
      • ‘He also said that downloads from now on will advise people on the situation.’
      • ‘If you're hurt in an accident, your lawyer can advise you on the value of your claim.’
      • ‘She claims she was not advised of alternative pharmacies as the pharmacist refused to speak to her.’
      • ‘We were only advised of this legal position when we sought to follow up the progress of investigation of complaints.’
      • ‘We were not advised of the circumstances in which any member should withdraw.’
      • ‘The patient was advised of the fracture and was managed conservatively with a splint.’
      • ‘I am also advised by officials that there was one particular design fault in one of the windows of the cells.’
      • ‘I was advised of it by email from an Australian journalist, who asked for a comment.’
      • ‘I will amend archived entries to include corrections of fact and advise you accordingly.’
      • ‘The newspaper also asked why he would not name the lawyer who advised him that he was in the clear.’
      • ‘Last night we advised them that we were cancelling our subscription.’
      • ‘When I asked if I could fight this in court, I was advised that it was my word against theirs.’
      • ‘They had hoped to do their push along the road but were advised by police that it was too dangerous.’
      • ‘Officials are advising customers that the health risk is very small, but they say it is sensible not to eat the pizza.’
      • ‘Some officials who should be advising farmers were themselves awaiting details.’
      • ‘I was recently advised of a splendid plan to unloose some sparrow hawks in Glasgow's parks and squares.’
      • ‘I was not advised of anything except to come back to the House because the session was to continue.’
      • ‘That was largely because we were advised by our lawyers that such an admission would not help in any litigation.’
      inform, notify, give notice, apprise, brief, give intelligence, send word, keep posted, warn, forewarn
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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’.