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ad·vise / ədˈvīz/ • v. [tr.] offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone: I advised him to go home [intr.] we advise against sending cash by mail. ∎  [tr.] recommend (something): sleeping pills are not advised. ∎  [tr.] inform (someone) about a fact or situation, typically in a formal or official way: you will be advised of the requirements | [tr.] the lawyer advised the court that his client wished to give evidence.

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To give an opinion or recommend a plan or course of action; to give notice; to encourage, inform, or acquaint.

Advise does not mean the same as instruct or persuade. If a statute authorized a trial court to acquit, the court has no power to instruct the jury to acquit. The court can only counsel, and the jury is not bound by the advice.

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