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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Other Words from lawyer

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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Built in 1899 as a single-family house for Charles T. Cresswell, a prominent lawyer, 2122 Locust marks the spot where Rittenhouse Square’s fashionable set switched from the exuberant Victorian style to a more conservative, neocolonial look. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 Frank’s lawyer, Sara Chenetz, told the judge that Avenatti would find ways to dodge paying Eagan Avenatti’s creditors in the absence of a restraining order. Michael Finnegan,, "Bankruptcy judge hits Michael Avenatti's firm with restraining order to freeze legal fees in 54 cases," 12 July 2018 Charlotte attorney John Wester was one of the lawyers who successfully defended the governor's powers in the McCrory case. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Here's why NC governors don't like one constitutional amendment: 'You have to kill a snake'," 28 June 2018 All this will require a team of lawyers, engineers and consultants. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 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

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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, 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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