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 counsel (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 It could not be determined if any of the four had retained legal counsel or entered a plea. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2021 Barrack was one of dozens of Trump allies who got caught up in the special counsel probe. Jeremy Herb, CNN, 25 July 2021 The 55-year-old had heard mixed messages about the vaccines and decided to delay, but the rising COVID cases in the county, along with counsel from the pastors at her church, persuaded her to come. Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 Perhaps more significant, the interview also illuminated the weight of Wallen’s decision to seek counsel and compassion outside the industry that gave him his start. Andrea Williams, Vulture, 24 July 2021 Cuomo’s acting counsel Beth Garvey defended Azzopardi’s words as being protected by freedom of speech. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 22 July 2021 Comptroller Bill Henry, who is also on the spending panel, asked Ingram how much Maryland's biggest city has spent providing defense counsel for the officers who are the defendants in Gun Trace Task Force cases. David Mcfadden, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 Although many states are represented by their own salaried lawyers, others needed to rely on outside counsel to mount such a costly, all-consuming litigation, as did most cities and counties. New York Times, 21 July 2021 Despite his blue-collar, country music vibe, Georgia coach Kirby Smart has recently been trading text messages with rap star Quavo to seek counsel on name, image and likeness legislation. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 21 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Researchers see similar success in other cities across the country with right to counsel laws. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 In the brief, the ACLU and disability rights organizations argue that the right to choose one's own attorney is a core element of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, and people under a conservatorship are entitled to that right. Chloe Melas, CNN, 14 July 2021 The filing, which comes from a group of more than two dozen disability rights organizations, argues that choosing one’s own lawyer is central to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Ashley Cullins, Billboard, 13 July 2021 Newark, New Jersey; and San Francisco were some of the earliest adopters of right to counsel laws in eviction proceedings. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2021 Those who counsel withdrawal are expected to explain themselves while those who insist on extending America’s longest war for another few years are given the benefit of the doubt. Daniel Depetris, National Review, 1 July 2021 When a teacher later reported to Mulligan that the soccer coach was spending a lot of time alone with a student, including in the coach’s house and car, Mulligan directed that teacher to counsel the coach about it. Brittny Mejia, Matt Hamilton, Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 Since then, the justices have only identified one watershed rule that would count: Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark 1963 ruling that extended the Sixth Amendment right to counsel to state criminal proceedings. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 Lawyers who counsel companies in Georgia’s fledgling medical marijuana industry could face disciplinary sanctions under a recent decision by the state Supreme Court. Bill Rankin, ajc, 25 June 2021

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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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“Counsel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counsel. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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counsel

noun

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

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

counsel

transitive verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling\ -​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce counsel (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

counsel

transitive verb
counseled or counselled; counseling or counselling

Legal Definition of counsel (Entry 2 of 2)

: advise

History and Etymology for counsel

Noun

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

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