Meaning of “advise” in the English Dictionary

"advise" in British English

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adviseverb

uk /ədˈvaɪz/ us /ədˈvaɪz/

B1 [ I or T ] to give someone advice:

[ + to infinitive ] I think I'd advise him to leave the company.
His doctor advised him against smoking.
I'd strongly advise against making a sudden decision.
[ + that ] They're advising that children be kept at home.
[ + -ing verb ] I'd advise waiting until tomorrow.
[ + question word ] She advised us when to come.
She advises the president (= gives information and suggests types of action) on African policy.
You would be well advised to (= it would be wise for you to) have the appropriate vaccinations before you go abroad.
Note: Do not confuse with the noun, advice.

[ T ] formal to give someone official information about something:

They were advised of their rights.
[ + that ] Our solicitors have advised that the costs could be enormous.

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  • You looked equally nice in both dresses - I wouldn't know which one to advise you to buy.
  • The personnel manager will be pleased to advise you.
  • We need you to advise us on how to proceed.
  • His doctor advised him not to take any strenuous exercise.
  • We were advised to book early if we wanted to get a room.

(Definition of “advise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"advise" in American English

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adviseverb [ I/T ]

us /ədˈvɑɪz, æd-/

to give advice to someone, or to suggest something

advisable
adjective us /ədˈvɑɪ·zə·bəl, æd-/
adviser
noun [ C ] also advisor us /ədˈvɑɪ·zər, æd-/
advisory
adjective us /ədˈvɑɪ·zə·ri, æd-/

(Definition of “advise” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"advise" in Business English

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adviseverb

uk /ədˈvaɪz/ us

[ I or T ] to give someone useful information, or to tell them what you think they should do:

advise (sb) to do sth Some employment lawyers have advised employers to dismiss staff now, before the limit for compensation is raised.
advise (sb) that The experts advised that Mr Dickinson should reduce his exposure to equities.
advise (sb) against doing sth I would advise against you taking this job.
advise (sb) on sth Lawyers advise on deals and customer law.

[ T ] to give someone information about something:

advise sb of sth The court held that the defendants had failed to advise her of the risk.
advise sb that He was advised that he might be required to sometimes work long hours.

(Definition of “advise” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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