AskDefine | Define adviser

Dictionary Definition

adviser n : an expert who gives advice; "an adviser helped students select their courses"; "the United States sent military advisors to Guatemala" [syn: advisor, consultant]

User Contributed Dictionary



IPA: WEAE /ædˈvaɪz.ɚ/

Alternative spellings


-er advise


  1. One who advises.

Usage notes

In the UK, Ireland and Asia the spelling is traditionally adviser, though US spelling advisor is becoming increasingly common. In the US, Associated Press style is adviser, and most newspapers and some magazines follow that spelling, while US federal government style, other government agencies, and many businesses prefer advisor. News organizations around the world may change spelling found in sources, even in quoted material. US book publishers may be less likely to change spelling in quoted material because the practice is contrary to The Chicago Manual of Style.
In the US, an adviser has a connotation of someone offering unsolicited advice, while an advisor is someone speaking with at least some amount of wisdom or authority.


Extensive Definition

Advisor or adviser may refer to:


  • Commodity trading advisor, any person who engages in the business of advising others
  • Financial advisor, also known as a financial planner, a practicing professional who helps people to deal with various personal financial issues through proper planning
  • Financial Management Advisor, a professional designation of the Canadian Securities Institute
  • Investment advisor, an individual or firm that advises clients on investment matters
  • Registered Investment Advisor, an individual who has registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or state regulatory agency in connection with the management of the investments of others
  • Tax advisor, an expert in tax law

Government positions


  • Broadband & Internet Advisor (originally Internet Advisor), a magazine which provides articles, news, and reviews relating to Internet technology
  • The CPA Technology Advisor, a technology magazine for accounting and tax professionals
  • Resident Advisor, an online electronic music magazine dedicated to the global dance music scene
  • Peter J. Laugharne, Parliament and Specialist Advice, Manutius Press, 1994. An academic study of expert advisers to committees in the British Parliament.

Specific advisory companies

Specific advisory services

  • Dipmeter Advisor, an early system developed to aid in the analysis of data gathered during oil exploration
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor, an Internet service that warns users that a site may make them victims of malware or spam
  • MIT Design Advisor, an online tool for exploring the energy performance of building designs


adviser in Simple English: Advisor

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