counsel

[[t]ka͟ʊns(ə)l[/t]]
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counsels, counselling, counselled
(in AM, use counseling, counseled)
1) N-UNCOUNT Counsel is advice. [FORMAL]

He had always been able to count on her wise counsel...

His parishioners sought his counsel and loved him.

Syn:
2) VERB If you counsel someone to take a course of action, or if you counsel a course of action, you advise that course of action. [FORMAL]

[V n to-inf] My advisers counselled me to do nothing...

[V n] The prime minister was right to counsel caution about military intervention. [Also V with quote]

Syn:
3) VERB If you counsel people, you give them advice about their problems.

[V n] ...a psychologist who counsels people with eating disorders...

[V n on n] Crawford counsels her on all aspects of her career. [Also V on n]

4) N-COUNT: oft supp N Someone's counsel is the lawyer who gives them advice on a legal case and speaks on their behalf in court.

Singleton's counsel said after the trial that he would appeal...

The defence counsel warned that the judge should stop the trial.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you keep your own counsel, you keep quiet about your opinions or intentions.

Guscott rarely speaks out, preferring to keep his own counsel.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • counsel — coun·sel 1 / kau̇n səl/ n pl counsel [Old French conseil advice, from Latin consilium discussion, advice, council, from consulere to consult]: lawyer: as a: a lawyer participating in the management or trial of a case in court ...to have the… …   Law dictionary

  • Counsel — Coun sel (koun s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil, fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of uncertain origin. Cf. {Consult}, {Consul}.] 1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation. [1913 Webster] All the chief… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counsel — coun‧sel [ˈkaʊnsl] noun [countable usually singular] LAW 1. a lawyer who represents a client in a court of law; = barrister Bre: • My defence counsel destroyed his evidence on that fact alone. • The prosecuting counsel told the jury that there… …   Financial and business terms

  • Counsel — Coun sel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Counseled} ( s[e^]ld) or {Counselled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Counseling} or {Counselling}.] [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.] 1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counsel — (n.) early 13c., from O.Fr. counseil (10c.) advice, counsel; deliberation, thought, from L. consilium plan, opinion (see CONSULTATION (Cf. consultation)). As a synonym for lawyer, first attested late 14c. The verb is recorded from late 13c., from …   Etymology dictionary

  • counsel — [n1] guidance admonition, advice, advisement, caution, consideration, consultation, deliberation, direction, forethought, information, instruction, kibitz*, recommendation, steer, suggestion, tip, tip off*, two cents’ worth*, warning, word to the …   New thesaurus

  • counsel — ► NOUN 1) advice, especially that given formally. 2) (pl. same) a barrister or other legal adviser conducting a case. 3) archaic consultation, especially to seek advice. ► VERB (counselled, counselling; US counseled, counseling …   English terms dictionary

  • counsel — [koun′səl] n. [ME & OFr counseil < L consilium (for base see CONSULT); confused in ME with COUNCIL] 1. a mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation 2. a) advice resulting from such an exchange b) any advice …   English World dictionary

  • counsel — n 1 *advice Analogous words: admonishing or admonition, chiding, reproaching or reproach (see corresponding verbs at REPROVE): warning, forewarning, cautioning or caution (see corresponding verbs at WARN): precept, rule (see LAW) 2 * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • counsel — counsel; mis·counsel; …   English syllables

  • Counsel — (engl., spr. Kauns l), abgekürzt von Counseller, Rathgeber, Rath, Sachwalter, Advocat; Queens C. (spr. Kwihns K.), Rath der Königin, ist ein als besondere Auszeichnung einem Sergeant at law verliehener Titel, mit welchem das Vorrecht verbunden… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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