counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : advice given especially as a result of consultation He was unwise to reject my counsel.
b : a policy or plan of action or behavior
3a archaic : purpose
b : guarded thoughts or intentions He was chary and given to keeping his own counsel.
4a plural counsel
(1) : a lawyer engaged in the trial or management of a case in court
(2) : a lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters an individual client or a corporate and especially a public body

counsel

verb
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling\ ˈkau̇n(t)-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce counselling (audio) \

Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: advise counselled them to avoid rash actions …— George Orwell

intransitive verb

: consult counseled with her husband

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Examples of counsel in a Sentence

Noun We seek counsel from the rich and powerful to learn their secret … — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly, 13 Feb. 2004 God had done a poor job, and Soaphead suspected that he himself could have done better. It was in fact a pity that the Maker had not sought his counsel. — Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, (1970) 1994 No matter how much time he is given, counsel would always like more, but the Chief Justice will not grant an extra minute unless the lawyer is responding to a question from the bench. — Robert H. Bork, The Tempting Of America, 1990 Counsel were to be employed.  … And when the matter had been decided by the lawyers, Lord Fawn was to express his regret for having suspected his lady-love! — Anthony Trollope, The Eustace Diamonds, 1871 You were unwise to reject my counsel. The student sought counsel from her teacher. She is serving as counsel for the defendant. All counsel are expected to obey the rules of the court. Verb He balked at authority and, according to Mr. Green, tuned you out if you tried to counsel him. — David Grann, New Republic, 14 Feb. 2000 She had six children, whom she counseled and with great wisdom and patience. — Erma Bombeck, The Best of Bombeck, (1965) 1967 I had counselled Catherine to dine upstairs, but as soon as he perceived her vacant seat he sent me to call her. — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, 1847 He counsels people who are trying to quit drinking. concerned parents counseling about the problem of substance abuse in their community
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun John Keeler was the vice president and general counsel of Centaur at that time and now serves in a similar role for Spectacle, though his name was not cited in the court case. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Spectacle Entertainment's Terre Haute casino is on hold but games proceed in Gary," 12 Mar. 2020 David McAtee, general counsel and senior executive vice president: $9,351,376, down 73% from 2018. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "AT&T COO John Stankey saw pay increase 36% to $22.5 million in 2019," 11 Mar. 2020 Lori Lein, general counsel for the Alabama League of Municipalities, said many towns have small staffs that could be overwhelmed by requests for public records. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Senators hear pros and cons on new Alabama public records bill," 10 Mar. 2020 David Gibber, senior vice president and general counsel of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Fox regional sports networks, said in a statement. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "What YouTube TV's new deal with Fox regional sports networks means for Diamondbacks fans," 5 Mar. 2020 In addition to contracting with the firm that hired Bogot, Accel also retained the board’s former general counsel. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Beginner’s Luck: How One Video Gambling Company Worked the Odds and Took Over a State," 3 Mar. 2020 On Amazon’s behalf, associate general counsel Nate Sutton spoke in defense of his employer’s role in US retail. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Amazon reinvented retail, and everyone else is just trying to survive," 12 Feb. 2020 Philbin, a deputy White House counsel, largely gave concise and sober answers to the senators’ queries. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Alan Dershowitz to Senators: L’Etat, C’est Trump," 30 Jan. 2020 Michael Purpura, a deputy White House counsel, argued that Trump had legitimate reason to be concerned about corruption in Ukraine and, in any event, ultimately released the aid without the country committing to investigations the president wanted. Author: Eric Tucker, Zeke Miller, Lisa Mascaro, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP defends Trump in impeachment trial as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t let anyone turn you around from your dreams, Robinson counseled. John Kelly, Washington Post, "As five Eagle Scouts are celebrated, a sixth gets special recognition. He’s 90.," 1 Mar. 2020 Providers will also have to counsel patients or their caregivers to have an injectable epinephrine drug with them that can be ready to be used at all times. Leah Asmelash, Jen Christensen And Nadia Kounang, CNN, "FDA approves first drug to treat peanut allergies in children," 31 Jan. 2020 West, the legendary Lakers’ guard, has counseled and mentored many young players. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Kobe Bryant was a ‘jerk’ to some, a mentor to Draymond Green and others," 27 Jan. 2020 Fogarty has counseled the befuddled masses who turn to her for grammar and language guidance, including this writer, not to be too stiff, generally. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The impeachment debate has sparked a linguistic war over the word “irregardless”," 19 Dec. 2019 But focusing only on redistributing income — as many on the left would counsel, in the mistaken belief that there is nothing government can do to boost productivity — will also not work. Robert D. Atkinson, National Review, "Higher Productivity Is Good for Workers," 25 July 2019 The new rule would limit who could receive funding in a way that requires those that get grants not counsel their patients on receiving abortions. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "New federal plan could cut funding for Alaska’s Planned Parenthood facilities," 29 May 2018 On the drive out to the site the next morning, Angel counseled, mentored, guided. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 Sanders expressed frustration with the delay but counseled patience. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, "What went wrong in Iowa and what’s next," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of counsel

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for counsel

Noun and Verb

Middle English conseil, from Anglo-French cunseil, from Latin consilium, from consulere to consult

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Cite this Entry

“Counsel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counsel. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for counsel

counsel

noun
How to pronounce counsel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : advice given to someone
law : a lawyer who represents a person or group in a court of law

counsel

verb
How to pronounce counsel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

formal
: to give advice to (someone)
: to listen to and give support or advice to (someone) especially as a job
: to suggest or recommend (something)

counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Kids Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : advice given My grandfather's counsel was to be patient.
2 plural counsel : a lawyer representing someone in court

counsel

verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling

Kids Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to give advice to : advise She counseled him to study harder.
2 : to suggest or recommend The doctor counseled rest.

counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n(t)-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \

Medical Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: advice given especially as a result of consultation
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling\ -​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce counselling (audio) \

Medical Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to advise especially seriously and formally after consultation

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counsel

noun
coun·​sel | \ ˈkau̇n-səl How to pronounce counsel (audio) \
plural counsel

Legal Definition of counsel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lawyer: as
a : a lawyer participating in the management or trial of a case in court …to have the assistance of counsel for his defenseU.S. Constitution amend. VI a right to counsel
b : a lawyer appointed or engaged to advise or represent a client in legal matters (as negotiations or the drafting of documents) — compare attorney

Note: A judge who has acted as counsel in a matter (as by advising an investigator) is disqualified from hearing the case.

of counsel
1 : assisting another lawyer in a case was attorney of counsel
2 : employed on a part-time basis a tax attorney will move also and become of counselNational Law Journal
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling

Legal Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

History and Etymology for counsel

Noun

Old French conseil advice, from Latin consilium discussion, advice, council, from consulere to consult

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