law·yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər , ˈlȯi-ər \

Definition of lawyer 

: one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients or to advise as to legal rights and obligations in other matters

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lawyerlike \ˈlȯ-yər-ˌlīk, ˈlȯi-ər- \ adjective
lawyerly \ˈlȯ-yər-lē, ˈlȯi-ər- \ adjective

Examples of lawyer in a Sentence

their lawyers told them that they couldn't use the park for the concert without permission from the city

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Halpern was the last lawyer to deliver closing arguments in the penalty phase of the marathon trial of Ingraham and his co-defendants, Andre Delancy and Bernard Forbes. Rafael Olmeda,, "Final plea for mercy before jury weighs death penalty in murder of Broward deputy," 13 July 2018 State lawyers argued that the payments were consistent with the mortgage settlement and were not subject to judicial review, but the court disagreed. Bob Egelko,, "California ordered to restore $331 million to fund for homeowners," 12 July 2018 The lawyers tracked down medical records, including a CT scan of the brain that Mendez’s trial attorney had not received, said Paula Mitchell, one of Mendez’s attorneys. Marisa Gerber,, "Judge orders release of woman who served 11 years behind bars in grandson's death," 12 July 2018 Quick aside: Hearing a parade of more than 100 soccer aficionados, golf moms and lawyers enchanted by the sound of their own voice repeating themselves and ignoring their 2-minute time limits -- this was never, ever on my career bucket list. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "David Beckham confronts his biggest fight yet to (finally) bring MLS soccer to Miami," 12 July 2018 The conclusion drawn by the advocacy groups is that people with attorneys were more likely to figure out how to make their court dates, and those without lawyers were at risk of getting swallowed up by the system. Dara Lind, Vox, "A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth," 11 July 2018 For example, Arno invoiced Jenkins for 18,000 signatures through May 21 when a tally later shared by Arno's lawyer showed the firm collected less than half that amount in the same time, according to the documents. Patrick Svitek, star-telegram, "After failing to crash Texas’ Senate race, independent candidate alleges Cruz campaign derailed him," 7 July 2018 Similar to the recent wave of teachers’ strikes , the lawyers behind Gary B. v Snyder seek to interrupt what the plaintiffs and their supporters argue is a status quo of educational unfairness not only in Detroit but also across the country. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "In America, Schools Aren’t Required to Teach Kids to Read and Write," 6 July 2018 Dotcom's lawyers had argued that he shouldn't be extradited because New Zealand law doesn't provide for criminal prosecution for online file sharing. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "NZ court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright charges," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawyer was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of lawyer

: a person whose job is to guide and assist people in matters relating to the law


law·yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər , ˈlȯi-ər \

Kids Definition of lawyer

: a person whose profession is to handle lawsuits for people or to give advice about legal rights and duties


law·yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər \

Legal Definition of lawyer 

: one whose profession is to advise clients as to legal rights and obligations and to represent clients in legal proceedings

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