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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.
to take counsel; consult (usually followed by with):
I shall advise with my friends.
to offer counsel; give or recommend particular actions, conduct, etc.:
I shall act as you advise.
Contemporary Examples

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is now advising the White House on law-and-order policy.
Obama’s Crime Czar? Lloyd Grove May 27, 2009

Soleimani has been advising President Bashar al-Assad in neighboring Syria and helping in the fight against Sunni rebels there.
Iraq Preps for a Civil War Rematch Jamie Dettmer June 22, 2014

Indeed, almost no one is advising passengers to accept the Costa offer.
Why Survivors Aren’t Buying Costa Concordia’s Compensation Offer Barbie Latza Nadeau January 26, 2012

Indeed, Kennedy was advising that it was only a matter of time before Hitler invaded Britain.
Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’ Clive Irving September 21, 2014

After advising against travel to the affected areas, Frieden said increased caution is warranted.
Two American Ebola Patients Coming Home to U.S. for Treatment Abby Haglage July 31, 2014

Historical Examples

Heading a lot of gunmen in this direction an then advising us to run away!
The River Motor Boat Boys on the Mississippi Harry Gordon

I have no friend—none, none willing or capable of advising me!
Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth

Then I began to tell people at the sanitarium and wired my friends in Berlin advising them how to get out of Germany.
Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian

Did you write a letter to Wood advising him to give her —— of ——?
The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan Unknown

The voice (δαιμόνιον) so frequently heard by Socrates, warning or advising him, is the most celebrated example of this type.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8 Various

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

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.


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