- The definition of advise is to offer a suggestion about what should be done in a situation.
A mother warning her child to bring rain boots and an umbrella to an outdoor activity on a day that rain is expected is an example of advise.
- to give advice or an opinion to; counsel
- to offer as advice; recommend
- to notify; inform: he was advised of the facts
Origin: Middle English avisen, origin, originally , to consider ; from Old French aviser ; from Midieval Latin advisare ; from advisum: see advice
- to discuss something and get advice; consult (with a person)
- to give advice
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verb ad·vised, ad·vis·ing, ad·vis·es verb, transitive
- To offer advice to; counsel.
- To recommend; suggest: advised patience.
- Usage Problem To inform; notify.
- To take counsel; consult: She advised with her associates.
- To offer advice.
Origin: Middle English avisen, advisen, from Old French aviser, from avis, advice; see advice.Usage Note: The use of advise in the sense of “inform, notify” was found acceptable by a majority of the Usage Panel in an earlier survey, but many members would prefer that this usage be restricted to business correspondence and legal contexts. Thus one may say The suspects were advised of their rights, but it would be considered pretentious to say You'd better advise your friends that the date of the picnic has been changed.