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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•vice /ædˈvaɪs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action.
See -vis-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ad•vice  (ad vīs),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.:I shall act on your advice.
  2. a communication, esp. from a distance, containing information:Advice from abroad informs us that the government has fallen. Recent diplomatic advices have been ominous.
  3. an official notification, esp. one pertaining to a business agreement:an overdue advice.
  • Latin ad (see ad-) + vīsus (see visage)
  • Old French a vis (taken from the phrase ce m'est a vis that is my impression, it seems to me)
  • 1250–1300; late Middle English advise; replacing Middle English avis (with ad- ad- for a- a-5)
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged admonition, warning, caution;
      Advice, counsel, recommendation, suggestion, persuasion, exhortation refer to opinions urged with more or less force as worthy bases for thought, opinion, conduct, or action.
      Advice is a practical recommendation as to action or conduct:advice about purchasing land.Counsel is weighty and serious advice, given after careful deliberation:counsel about one's career.Recommendation is weaker than advice and suggests an opinion that may or may not be acted upon:Do you think he'll follow my recommendation?Suggestion implies something more tentative than a recommendation:He did not expect his suggestion to be taken seriously.Persuasion suggests a stronger form of advice, urged at some length with appeals to reason, emotion, self-interest, or ideals:His persuasion changed their minds.Exhortation suggests an intensified persuasion or admonition, often in the form of a discourse or address:an impassioned exhortation.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged intelligence, word.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged notice, advisory.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

advice /ədˈvaɪs/ n
  1. recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
  2. (sometimes plural) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance
Etymology: 13th Century: avis (later advise), via Old French from a Vulgar Latin phrase based on Latin ad to, according to + vīsum view (hence: according to one's view, opinion)


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