Definition of advise in US English:



  • 1reporting 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 mail’
    with direct speech ‘“Go to Paris,” he advised’
    • ‘You should lock into a fixed rate for the best deal - but experts advise against tying up your money for more than a year.’
    • ‘All books printed over the last ten years advise against acquiring a kitten or puppy this way.’
    • ‘The main body lies roughly to the north-east, though I advise against using a compass.’
    • ‘Experts advise against planting hostas closer in an attempt to get a full effect sooner.’
    • ‘He or she might advise against it because it may put you at risk of complications.’
    • ‘I don't like to read books and generally advise against it, as it damages the eyes.’
    • ‘The above guidelines advise against antibiotics because of their ineffectiveness, which may not be true.’
    • ‘The experts advise against turning existing bedrooms into almost anything else.’
    • ‘I would advise against using it in the riot tomorrow, or at all, until you know how to work it.’
    • ‘While it is may seem appropriate to bring flowers to a hostess, I usually advise against it.’
    • ‘Even if your security officers advise against it, why not pull over and mingle with the crowd?’
    • ‘If you get a chance to sell your soul in the second week of February I would advise against it.’
    • ‘No, I don't mind people buying proof copies, but I'd advise against buying them to collect.’
    • ‘They advise against the sales of items that could be faulty and pose a danger risk like the brakes failing on a pushchair.’
    • ‘I do not use fixed spools for heavy fishing and would advise against it.’
    • ‘We advise against all but essential travel to all other parts of Iraq.’
    • ‘I strongly advise against the incorporation of emergency laws into our ordinary legal system.’
    • ‘The aim of the course is to advise and assist parents in the bringing up of their children in a drug free environment.’
    • ‘Most homeopaths advise against the use of essential oils if you are taking a homeopathic remedy.’
    • ‘He took the view that the course I had advised was entirely acceptable and ethical.’
    counsel, give counsel, give counselling, give guidance, guide, make recommendations, offer suggestions, offer opinions, give hints, give tips, give pointers, direct, give direction, give directions, instruct, give instruction, illuminate, educate
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    1. 1.1with object Recommend (something)
      ‘sleeping pills are not advised’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The doctor diagnosed the condition, advising doses of testosterone over any recommended levels.’
      • ‘He talked to friends, who advised the secure option.’
      • ‘I wouldn't advise sleeping pills, but a nice warm bath might do the trick.’
      • ‘Letting go is of course not advised but only used as a demonstration.’
      • ‘Admission is free but donations are encouraged and early arrival is advised.’
      • ‘The doctor then uses the diagnosis to advise the correct course of treatment for this particular patient.’
      • ‘He is not against the idea of modernity, but advises caution.’
      • ‘Your doctor will assess you, and advise the best course of treatment to deal with the problem.’
      • ‘As my name suggests, I am not qualified to offer advice but I would advise caution’
      • ‘The court would express the hope that whatever course was medically advised would be honoured.’
      • ‘Another release had a curious note advising the recommending of headphones when listening.’
      • ‘Long runs are not advised, as these require more endurance than stamina.’
      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. 1.2with 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 will amend archived entries to include corrections of fact and advise you accordingly.’
      • ‘They had hoped to do their push along the road but were advised by police that it was too dangerous.’
      • ‘The newspaper also asked why he would not name the lawyer who advised him that he was in the clear.’
      • ‘I was not advised of anything except to come back to the House because the session was to continue.’
      • ‘I was advised of it by email from an Australian journalist, who asked for a comment.’
      • ‘I am also advised by officials that there was one particular design fault in one of the windows of the cells.’
      • ‘Officials are advising customers that the health risk is very small, but they say it is sensible not to eat the pizza.’
      • ‘He also said that downloads from now on will advise people on the situation.’
      • ‘She claims she was not advised of alternative pharmacies as the pharmacist refused to speak to her.’
      • ‘Some officials who should be advising farmers were themselves awaiting details.’
      • ‘The patient was advised of the fracture and was managed conservatively with a splint.’
      • ‘I was recently advised of a splendid plan to unloose some sparrow hawks in Glasgow's parks and squares.’
      • ‘We were not advised of the circumstances in which any member should withdraw.’
      • ‘I am not arguing - I am advising your Honours as to the court's approach.’
      • ‘When I asked if I could fight this in court, I was advised that it was my word against theirs.’
      • ‘That was largely because we were advised by our lawyers that such an admission would not help in any litigation.’
      • ‘Last night we advised them that we were cancelling our subscription.’
      • ‘If you're hurt in an accident, your lawyer can advise you on the value of your claim.’
      • ‘We were only advised of this legal position when we sought to follow up the progress of investigation of complaints.’
      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’.