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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

advice, advise

The noun is spelled with a c. Advice denotes helpful information, suggestions or recommendations.

  • Parents give their children advice in order to teach them how to avoid mistakes.

The verb is spelled with an s. Advise means to offer counsel or make recommendations.

  • I advise you to contact the police about this incident.

Recently, advise has been used in the sense of notify or inform.

  • Please advise us of your plans.
  • The RCMP officer advised them that he would continue the investigation.