To advise someone is to give them advice, or counsel. If you live in Iceland and a friend visiting you from Hawaii asks what he should pack, advise him to bring warm clothes and snow boots.

Advise comes from a Latin word for vision. We want people to advise us if we think they can see the whole picture better than we can. For this reason, we often seek the advice of trained people. Financial advisors advise their clients on which funds to invest in. Legal advisors advise their clients on the law. To advise can also be to give notice. You should advise your boss of your decision to quit at least two weeks in advance.

Definitions of advise

v give advice to

counsel, rede
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exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction
deter, dissuade
turn away from by persuasion
admonish, discourage, monish, warn
admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
tip, tip off
give insider information or advise to
misadvise, misguide
give bad advice to
put forward, as of an idea
advise professionally
make a treatment inadvisable
hurry, rush
urge to an unnatural speed
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
talk out of
persuade someone not to do something
advocate, preach
speak, plead, or argue in favor of
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discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

v inform (somebody) of something

“I advised him that the rent was due”
apprise, apprize, give notice, notify, send word
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impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v make a proposal, declare a plan for something

propose, suggest
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advocate, recommend, urge
push for something
advance, throw out
bring forward for consideration or acceptance
suggest sex to
feed back
respond to a query or outcome
posit, put forward, state, submit
put before
make a motion, move
propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
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state emphatically and authoritatively

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