law·​yer | \ ˈlȯ-yər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-ər How to pronounce lawyer (audio) \

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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Other Words from lawyer

lawyerlike \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce lawyerlike (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē How to pronounce lawyerly (audio) , 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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Migration lawyers also say paperwork for applicants coming to America—already long and tedious—is getting too unwieldy. The Economist, "Foreign travellers to America face scrutiny of their online activity," 8 June 2019 The day he was detained in San Antonio, Olvera’s lawyers in Mexico asked judges across the country to block any efforts to arrest or extradite him, according to news reports. Jason Buch,, "Authorities arrest two Mexican businessmen with San Antonio ties," 8 June 2019 On June 11, the parties will be back in bankruptcy court to discuss both the liquidation plan as well as a motion to hire the new contingency lawyers (who are compensated via a percentage of any lawsuit winnings). Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein Civil Suits: A Rather Unsettled $44 Million Settlement," 7 June 2019 There, vocational programs train students to become lawyers and stock traders as well as carpenters. Stephane Kasriel, Fortune, "Why Upwork Scratched College Degree Requirements From Our Job Descriptions," 6 June 2019 The teen who had never been in trouble with the law was interrogated for more than seven hours without a lawyer, family member, or food. Michelle Malkin, National Review, "From Convicted Murderer to Exoneree to Law Grad," 5 June 2019 Three lawyers, all currently working outside the DA’s office, have expressed interest in the job., "Multnomah County DA Rod Underhill announces he will retire at end of 2020," 5 June 2019 Bradley’s lawyer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. Ashley Boucher,, "Newlywed Falls to Her Death While Recording Fight with Husband After Attending Baseball Game: Police," 5 June 2019 The defense lawyers also said the deputies used low-level, reasonable force. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury: Sheriff’s deputies not guilty of assault on father and son in Vista," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 How to pronounce lawyer (audio) , 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 How to pronounce lawyer (audio) \

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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