Definition of advice in English:



  • 1Guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.

    ‘she visited the island on her doctor's advice’
    ‘even successful businessmen asked his advice’
    • ‘The guidance gives no advice on how the question of incapacity is to be determined.’
    • ‘Every week, it seems, women are offered ever more expert advice on how to manipulate their men.’
    • ‘Importantly, the site also offers advice on what to do should your debt have run out of control.’
    • ‘They will then offer advice on how the groups can extend their services to a wider range of people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone arrested is offered drug treatment and advice on benefits and housing.’
    • ‘We would like to offer some advice on how to ensure they do not become victims.’
    • ‘We offer advice on the procedures to get court orders to remove illegal encampments.’
    • ‘Fruit nurseries are always happy to offer advice on how to grow specific plants, so do ask when you buy.’
    • ‘The trust can back this up with workplace visits offering advice on giving up.’
    • ‘Police today offered advice on how van owners can make themselves less vulnerable to the gang.’
    • ‘Several lawyers have offered free advice on the issue and he said he would ask one of them what he should do.’
    • ‘It tells us to stop buying rounds but offers little practical advice on how to dodge them.’
    • ‘The messages offer encouragement and advice on how to choose the best career.’
    • ‘This handbook offers advice on blogging anonymously and getting round censorship.’
    • ‘There are too many powerful men who truly believe that the Waltons offer dandy advice on life and morals.’
    • ‘Spotting classic mistakes is not easy, but there is some good advice on offer.’
    • ‘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?’
    guidance, advising, counselling, counsel, help, direction, instruction, information, enlightenment
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  • 2A formal notice of a financial transaction.

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

    ‘fresh advices from Europe’
    • ‘The next advices from the continent may change the face of affairs.’
    • ‘Latest advices from abroad give assurances of her safety.’
    • ‘Last evening a gentleman arrived here from Providence, by whom we are favour'd with the following, fresh advices from the northern army.’
    • ‘A few days before the arrival of the news of peace, he received private advices from the Continent which led him to anticipate it.’
    • ‘From this deplorable apathy Cortes was roused by fresh advices urging his presence in Mexico.’
    news, information, word, intelligence, intimation
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  • take advice

    • 1Obtain information and guidance, typically from an expert.

      ‘he should take advice from his accountant’
      • ‘If you are seriously taking advice from him then you shouldn't vote at all.’
      • ‘Who is Bush supposed to take advice from on energy policy?’
      • ‘Then I take advice from experts and they confuse me even further.’
      • ‘As a party we are here to serve people, to give advice and assistance and to take advice as well.’
      • ‘The two critical ingredients to the balance between giving advice and taking advice are talent and respect.’
      1. 1.1Act according to recommendations given.
        ‘he took my advice and put his house up for sale’
        • ‘She said she did not know how many senators had taken his advice.’
        • ‘I sincerely hope you took my advice about the melted chocolate swizzle stick.’
        • ‘Then it's up to the bowler to decide whether or not to take my advice.’
        • ‘Those who took our advice have a few options.’
        • ‘He was not bound to take anyone's advice.’
        • ‘After the events of the past few weeks he could be forgiven for wishing he had taken her advice.’
        • ‘I listen to everyone, even if I don't agree with them or take their advice.’
        • ‘Burris said he would not be taking Durbin's advice to resign.’
        • ‘Take my advice guys, stick to building model planes.’
        • ‘He took her advice, never even dreaming he would get a reply.’


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’.