lawyer

noun
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 lawyer (audio) , ˈlȯi-​ər-​ \ adjective
lawyerly \ ˈlȯ-​yər-​lē How to pronounce lawyer (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
Recent Examples on the Web The lawyer argued in court papers that Hodgkins' actions weren’t markedly different from those of Anna Morgan Lloyd — other than Hodgkins stepping onto the Senate floor. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 The lawyer argued in court papers that Hodgkins' actions weren't markedly different from those of Anna Morgan Lloyd — other than Hodgkins stepping onto the Senate floor. Michael Tarm, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Laperuta’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 19 July 2021 The lawyer argued in court papers that Hodgkins’ actions weren’t markedly different from those of Anna Morgan Lloyd — other than Hodgkins stepping onto the Senate floor. Michael Tarm, Anchorage Daily News, 19 July 2021 In what could be Broward County’s first post-lockdown murder trial, one lawyer is asking a judge to treat coronavirus as an ongoing concern, criticizing those who think the threat is all in the past. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 19 July 2021 The lawyer argued in court papers that Hodgkins’ actions weren’t markedly different from those of Anna Morgan Lloyd — other than Hodgkins stepping onto the Senate floor. Michael Tarm, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Runnels and Trish Rojo Bushnell, Strickland's lawyer, point out that, in both cases, the real killers pleaded guilty, and have already served their time for the murders. CBS News, 18 July 2021 Fenster participated in Thursday's brief pretrial hearing from the prison, while the lawyer took part from a township court. Grant Peck, Detroit Free Press, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of lawyer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2021

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“Lawyer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lawyer. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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lawyer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lawyer

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

lawyer

noun
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

lawyer

noun
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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