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an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to conduct; an admonition; a warning: Timely advice kept them from making a mistake.
Not to be confused with:
advise – to give counsel to; to offer a suggestion, caution: I advise you not to drive so fast on this road.; notify, apprise: She advised me of the job opportunity.
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1. Opinion about what could or should be done about a situation or problem; counsel.
2. often advices Information communicated; news: advices from an ambassador.

[Middle English avis, advice, from Old French avis, from (ester) a vis, to seem : a, to (from Latin ad; see ad-) + vis, seen (from Latin vīsum, what seems (good), from neuter past participle of vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots).]
Synonyms: advice, counsel, recommendation
These nouns denote an opinion as to a decision or course of action: sound advice for the unemployed; accepted my attorney's counsel; will follow your recommendation.
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1. recommendation as to appropriate choice of action; counsel
2. (sometimes plural) formal notification of facts, esp when communicated from a distance
[C13: 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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1. an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action, conduct, etc.: I acted on your advice.
2. a communication, esp. from a distance, containing information: Advice from abroad states that the government has fallen.
3. an official notification.
[1250–1300; Old French avis, from the phrase ce m'est a vis it seems to me]
syn: advice, counsel refer to opinions offered as worthy bases for thought, conduct, or action. advice is a practical recommendation, generally from a person with relevant knowledge or experience: Get a lawyer's advice about the purchase. counsel is weighty and serious advice, given after careful deliberation and consultation: to seek counsel during a personal crisis.
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  1. Advice after an evil is done is like medicine after death —Danish proverb

    It’s quite common to substitute the word’mischief for ‘evil.’

  2. Advice is like kissing: it costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do —Josh Billings
  3. Advice is like snow; the softer it falls … the deeper it sinks into the mind —Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  4. Advice, like water, takes the form of the vessel it is poured into —Punch, August 1, 1857
  5. The advice of old age gives light without heat, like winter sun —Marquis de Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues
  6. Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take —Josh Billings
  7. Good advice is like a tight glove; it fits the circumstances, and it does not fit other circumstances —Charles Reade
  8. His (Ariel Sharon’s) advice on that subject (Lebanon 1984-1985) … was akin to a man with seven traffic accidents opening a driving school —Abba Eban, New York Times, February, 1986
  9. It [excellent advice] is a good deal like giving a child a dictionary to learn a language with —Henry James
  10. A proposal is like a flashlight. It’s completely useless in the spotlight, but in the shadows it can do lots of good —Professor Steven Carvell, Wall Street Journal, December 11, 1986

    Professor Carvell’s simile was specific to a proposal for investment research.

  11. Telling a runner he can’t run … is a bit like being advised not to breathe —Thomas Rogers on runner Fred Lebow’s being so advised for medical reasons, New York Times, 1986
  12. To heed bad advice is like eating poisoned candy —Anon
  13. To listen to the advice of a treacherous friend, is like drinking poison from a golden cup —Demophilus
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don’t let anyone sell you a wooden nutmeg This bit of advice to the unwary to be on the lookout for fraudulent sales schemes derives from the 19th-century practice of selling imitation nutmegs made of wood.

A Yankee mixes a certain number of wooden nutmegs, which cost him 1-4 cents apiece, with a quantity of real nutmegs, worth 4 cents apiece, and sells the whole assortment for $44; and gains $3.75 by the fraud (Hill, Elements of Algebra, 1859)

This practice was supposedly prevalent in Connecticut, “The Nutmeg State,” although whether the sellers were itinerant peddlers or natives of Connecticut is debatable.

don’t take any wooden nickels According to Wentworth and Flexner (Dictionary of American Slang), an Americanism equivalent to “Good-bye, take care, protect yourself from trouble.” A wooden nickel is a wooden disc or souvenir which costs a nickel but has no legal value. The exhortation may have originated as a reminder not to be duped into buying such a worthless thing. Popular in the early 1900s, don’t take any wooden nickels is less frequently heard today.

In the mean wile [sic]—until we meet again—don’t take no wood nickels and don’t get impatient and be a good girlie and save up your loving for me. (Ring W. Lardner, The Real Dope, 1919)

keep your breath to cool your porridge This Briticism is an oblique admonition to “mind your own business” or “practise what you preach.”

kitchen cabinet A group of unofficial, personal advisers to an elected official. The original kitchen cabinet consisted of three friends of President Andrew Jackson who met with him frequently for private political discussions. They reportedly entered by the back door (perhaps through the kitchen) so as to avoid observation and were believed to have had more influence than Jackson’s official Cabinet. Use of the expression dates from at least 1832.

One of the most important members of Gov. Stevenson’s kitchen cabinet will be the new head of the State Department of Labor. (The Chicago Daily News, December, 1948)

reck one’s own rede To follow one’s own advice; to “practice what you preach.” Reck ‘heed, regard’ appears only in negative constructions. Rede ‘advice, counsel’ is now archaic and limited to poetical or dialectal use. This expression is found in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whilst, like a puffed and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede. (I,iii)

Today reck one’s own rede is met only in literary contexts.

the tune the old cow died of Advice instead of aid, words in lieu of alms. This expression alludes to the following old ballad:

There was an old man, and he had an old cow,
But he had no fodder to give her, So he took up his fiddle and played her the tune;
“Consider, good cow, consider, This isn’t the time for the grass to grow,
Consider, good cow, consider.”

Needless to say, the old cow died of hunger. Occasionally the tune the old cow died of is used to describe unmelodious or poorly played music.

The tune the old cow died of throughout, grunts and groans of instruments. (Countess Harriet Granville, Letters, 1836)

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1. 'advice'

Advice /ɑd'vaɪs/ is a noun. If you give someone advice, you tell them what you think they should do.

Take my advice – stay away from him!
She promised to follow his advice.

Advice is an uncountable noun. Don't talk about 'advices' or 'an advice'. However, you can talk about a piece of advice.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Could I give you one last piece of advice?
2. 'advise'

Advise /ɑd'vaɪz/ is a verb. If you advise someone to do something, you say that you think they should do it.

He advised her to see a doctor.
He advised me not to buy it.

If you say to someone 'I advise you to...', you are telling them that you think they should do it.

The operation will be tiring so I advise you to get some rest.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'advise' without an object. Don't say, for example, 'He advised to leave as quickly as possible'. If you don't want to say who is receiving the advice, you say 'His advice was to leave as quickly as possible'.

Diego's advice was to wait until the morning.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.advice - a proposal for an appropriate course of actionadvice - a proposal for an appropriate course of action
recommendation - something (as a course of action) that is recommended as advisable
indication - something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary; "there were indications that it was time to leave"
admonition, word of advice, monition, warning - cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness); "a letter of admonition about the dangers of immorality"; "the warning was to beware of surprises"; "his final word of advice was not to play with matches"
proposal - something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
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1. guidance, help, opinion, direction, suggestion, instruction, counsel, counselling, recommendation, injunction, admonition Don't be afraid to ask for advice when ordering a meal.
2. instruction, notification, view, information, warning, teaching, notice, word, intelligence Most have now left the country on the advice of their governments.
"There is nothing we receive with so much reluctance as advice" [Joseph Addison The Spectator]
"It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides" [Jane Austen Persuasion]
"The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it" [Harry S. Truman]
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1. An opinion as to a decision or course of action:
2. New information, especially about recent events and happenings.Often used in plural:
intelligence, news, tiding (often used in plural), word.
Informal: scoop.
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A. N
1. (gen) → consejos mpl
he ignored my adviceignoró mis consejos
it was good advice or a good piece of advicefue un buen consejo
her doctor's advice was to restel médico le aconsejó descansar
he did it against the advice of friendslo hizo en contra de lo que le aconsejaron sus amigos
to follow sb's adviceseguir el consejo or los consejos de algn
let me give you some advicepermíteme que te dé un consejopermíteme que te aconseje
if you want my advicesi quieres (seguir) mi consejo ...
my advice to you is not to say anythingte aconsejo no decir nadami consejo es que no digas nada
I need your advicenecesito que me aconsejes
on the advice of sbsiguiendo el consejo or los consejos de algn
a piece of adviceun consejo
to take sb's adviceseguir el consejo or los consejos de algnhacer caso a algn
take my advice and stay away from him!¡sigue mi consejo y no te metas con él!, ¡hazme caso y no te metas con él!
when I want your advice I'll ask for itcuando quiera que me aconsejes te lo pedirécuando quiera tu consejo te lo pediré
2. (= professional help, information) → asesoramiento m
you need expert advicenecesitas el asesoramiento de un expertonecesitas hacerte asesorar por un experto
the tourist office will give us advice on places to visitla oficina de turismo nos asesorará sobre qué lugares visitar
to seek sb's adviceconsultar a algn, hacerse asesorar por algn
to seek professional/medical adviceconsultar a or hacerse asesorar por un profesional/médico
to take legal adviceconsultar a un abogadoasesorarse con un abogado
3. (Comm) → aviso m, notificación f
B. CPD advice column N (gen) → consultorio m; (= agony aunt) → consultorio m sentimental
advice note Nnota f de aviso
advice service Nservicio m de asesoramiento
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[ədˈvaɪs] n
(= guidance, recommendations) → conseils mpl
to give sb advice → donner des conseils à qn
Let me give you some advice: tell the truth → Laisse-moi te donner un conseil: dis la vérité.
They want advice on how to do it
BUT Ils veulent qu'on les conseille sur comment faire.
a piece of advice → un conseil
He gave me a good piece of advice → Il m'a donné un bon conseil.
to ask for advice → demander conseil
to ask for advice about sth → demander conseil à propos de qch
to ask sb for advice → demander conseil à qn
to ask sb for advice about sth → demander conseil à qn à propos de qch
take my advice → suis mon conseil
to take legal advice → consulter un avocatadvice column (US) ncourrier m du cœuradvice columnist (US) nrédacteur/trice m/f du courrier du cœuradvice line nservice m de conseil par téléphone
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no plRat m no pl; a piece of adviceein Rat(schlag) m; let me give you a piece of advice or some adviceich will Ihnen einen guten Rat geben; you’re a fine one to give advicedu hast gut raten, ausgerechnet du willst hier Ratschläge geben; his advice was always usefuler gab immer guten Rat or gute Ratschläge; that’s good advicedas ist ein guter Rat; I didn’t ask for your adviceich habe dich nicht um (deinen) Rat gebeten or gefragt; to take somebody’s advicejds Rat (be)folgen; take my advicehöre auf mich; to seek (somebody’s) advice(jdn) um Rat fragen; (from doctor, lawyer etc) → Rat (bei jdm) einholen; to take medical/legal adviceeinen Arzt/Rechtsanwalt zu Rate ziehen; my advice to him would be …ich würde ihm raten; it’s not advice we needwir brauchen keine guten Ratschläge
(Comm: = notification) → Mitteilung f, → Avis m or nt


advice column
advice columnist
advice note
nBenachrichtigung f, → Avis m or nt
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[ədˈvaɪs] nconsiglio, consigli mpl
a piece of advice → un consiglio
legal advice → consulenza legale
to ask (sb) for advice → chiedere il consiglio (di qn), chiedere un consiglio (a qn)
to take sb's advice → seguire il consiglio or i consigli di qn
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ədˈvais) noun
suggestions to a person about what he should do. You must seek legal advice if you want a divorce; Let me give you a piece of advice.
advise (ədˈvaiz) verb
1. to give advice to; to recommend. My lawyer advises me to buy the house.
2. (with of) to inform. This letter is to advise you of our interest in your proposal.
adˈvisable adjective
(of actions) wise. The doctor does not think it advisable for you to drink alcohol.
adˌvisaˈbility noun
adˈviser, adˈvisor noun
a person who advises.
adˈvisory adjective
giving advice. an advisory leaflet; He acted in an advisory capacity.

advice is a noun and never used in the plural: to give advice / a piece of advice / some advice .
advise is a verb: He advises us not to go .
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نَصِيحَة rada råd Ratschlag συμβουλή consejo neuvo conseil savjet consiglio 助言 조언 advies råd rada conselho совет råd คำแนะนำ öğüt lời khuyên 建议
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n consejo
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References in classic literature ?
"Advice doesn't cost anything--unless you follow it.
Against Lady Montbarry's advice, he took the opportunity of renewing his addresses to Agnes.
Why don't you come down too?" The Goat thought well of this advice, and jumped down into the well.
"You have asked for my advice, and I give you my advice.
"If I cannot prevail on you to follow my advice, you have only to say so, and Mrs.
Tranquilly permitting these irregular cursings to evaporate, Stubb then in a plain, business-like, but still half humorous manner, cursed Pip officially; and that done, unofficially gave him much wholesome advice. The substance was, Never jump from a boat, Pip, except --but all the rest was indefinite, as the soundest advice ever is.
ignorantly refusing your most wise and prudent advice, I have
A prince, therefore, ought always to take counsel, but only when he wishes and not when others wish; he ought rather to discourage every one from offering advice unless he asks it; but, however, he ought to be a constant inquirer, and afterwards a patient listener concerning the things of which he inquired; also, on learning that nay one, on any consideration, has not told him the truth, he should let his anger be felt.
I am much obliged to you, my dear Friend, for your advice respecting Mr.
"So you confine yourself," said he, "to your thanks -- and your experience, much more extensive than my wisdom, my prudence, or my generosity, does not furnish you with a single piece of friendly advice to guide my future."
If you please, committing you in no way, representing you in no way, I will undertake to correct my advice by the exercise of a little new observation and judgment expressly brought to bear upon it.
If, according to the noble precept, it be lawful to accept good advice even from an enemy, shall we set the ignoble example of refusing such advice even when it is offered by our friends?