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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Meanwhile, in an abrupt about-face Friday, the alleged victim's lawyer announced that a civil lawsuit filed against Spacey a week earlier had been dropped. Jean Casarez, CNN, "A pretrial hearing in Kevin Spacey's indecent assault case may bring the actor and his accuser face to face," 7 July 2019 But in 2008, it was abruptly shelved, after prosecutors negotiated a secret deal with Mr. Epstein’s lawyers. New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Is Accused of Luring Girls to His Manhattan Mansion and Abusing Them," 7 July 2019 The clinic hosts immigration lawyers who can provide assistance with immigration cases, even if a claim is not opened yet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DAR members march in parade," 6 July 2019 Others might fall prey to bogus lawyers who don’t provide correct information. Aimee Ortiz,, "Here’s what you should know about the threat of ICE raids," 6 July 2019 Aramco’s lawyers are against listing it in New York for fear district attorneys will hound it over allegations that the kingdom provided support to the perpetrators of the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks. The Economist, "The world’s biggest potential IPO may be on again," 6 July 2019 Droplets of blood matching the deceased lawyer’s DNA were found all over the large home where the couple resided, on separate floors and in separate bedrooms, Hayes said. Christian Boone, ajc, "NEW DETAILS: "He's on the burn pile." DNA, admission led to wife’s murder charges," 5 July 2019 The State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, a group created by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2017, is hiring and placing lawyers in the offices of state attorneys general. Chris Horner And Victoria Toensing, WSJ, "How Bloomberg Pays to Prosecute the Trump EPA," 5 July 2019 Mitchell Garabedian, the accuser’s lawyer, revealed that the suit — filed June 26 in Nantucket Superior Court — has been voluntarily dismissed by his client, the Associated Press reported. Claudia Harmata,, "Kevin Spacey's Accuser Drops Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit Against Actor," 5 July 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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