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[ad-vahyz] /ædˈvaɪz/
verb (used with object), advised, advising.
to give counsel to; offer an opinion or suggestion as worth following:
I advise you to be cautious.
to recommend as desirable, wise, prudent, etc.:
He advised secrecy for the sake of national security.
to give (a person, group, etc.) information or notice (often followed by of):
The investors were advised of the risk. They advised him that this was their final notice.
verb (used without object), advised, advising.
to take counsel; consult (usually followed by with):
I shall advise with my friends.
to offer counsel; give advice or recommend particular actions, conduct, etc.:
I shall act as you advise.
Origin of advise
late Middle English
1275-1325; late Middle English; replacing Middle English avisen < Anglo-French, Old French aviser, verbal derivative of avis opinion (< a vis; see advice)
Related forms
preadvise, verb (used with object), preadvised, preadvising.
readvise, verb, readvised, readvising.
Can be confused
advice, advise (see synonym study at advice)
1. counsel, admonish, caution. 2. suggest. 3. inform, notify, apprise, acquaint. 4. confer, deliberate, discuss, consult. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for advising
  • There are plenty of myths advising how you can better keep the needles on your tree.
  • Notices are occasionally posted on busy summer days advising visitors that ozone has exceeded safe levels.
  • Health and environmental agencies are advising people to avoid contact with the sludge.
  • advising him not tell anybody that they had been there and that they'd figure some way to get him out of town, they fled.
  • But when they go beyond the known facts, advising inaction, then they become personally responsible for those results.
  • Scientists have been advising planners for well over a century not to build in safety critical zones.
  • Plenty of skeptics are advising people not to cancel their gym memberships yet.
  • Last year they published a controversial paper advising other doctors how to cut through the statistical fog.
  • We'll probably be advising them along the way, but they'll be deciding what changes to make.
  • She's advising people to get some exercise, not to go wander around in traffic.
British Dictionary definitions for advising


verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
to offer advice (to a person or persons); counsel: he advised the king, to advise caution, he advised her to leave
(formal) (transitive) sometimes foll by of. to inform or notify
(mainly US or obsolete) (intransitive) foll by with. to consult or discuss
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Vulgar Latin advīsāre (unattested) to consider, from Latin ad- to + visāre (unattested), from vīsere to view, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for advising



late 13c., avisen "to view, consider," from Old French aviser "deliberate, reflect, consider" (13c.), from avis "opinion" (see advice). Meaning "to give counsel to" is late 14c. Related: Advised; advising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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