1. a lawyer who pleads cases in court;
[syn: advocate, counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleader]
2. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action;
[syn: guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction]
1. give advice to;
- Example: "The teacher counsels troubled students"
- Example: "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud"
[syn: rede, advise, counsel]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Counsel \Coun"sel\ (koun"s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil, fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of uncertain origin. Cf. Consult, Consul.] 1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation. [1913 Webster] All the chief priest and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. --Matt. xxvii. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate judgment; prudence. [1913 Webster] They all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used. --Hooker. [1913 Webster] 3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction. [1913 Webster] I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised. --Shak. [1913 Webster] It was ill counsel had misled the girl. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan. [1913 Webster] The counsel of the Lord standeth forever. --Ps. xxxiii. 11. [1913 Webster] The counsels of the wicked are deceit. --Prov. xii. 5. [1913 Webster] 5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter. [1913 Webster] Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid. --Gower. [1913 Webster] 6. One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one professionally engaged in the trial or management of a cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has able counsel. [1913 Webster] The King found his counsel as refractory as his judges. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Note: In some courts a distinction is observed between the attorney and the counsel in a cause, the former being employed in the management of the more mechanical parts of the suit, the latter in attending to the pleadings, managing the cause at the trial, and in applying the law to the exigencies of the case during the whole progress of the suit. In other courts the same person can exercise the powers of each. See Attorney. --Kent. [1913 Webster] In counsel, in secret. [Obs.] --Chaucer. To keep counsel, or To keep one's own counsel, to keep one's thoughts, purposes, etc., undisclosed. [1913 Webster] The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all. --Shak. Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme; opinion. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Counsel \Coun"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counseled (-s[e^]ld) or Counselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Counseling or Counselling.] [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller, fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.] 1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a person. [1913 Webster] Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you To leave this place. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course. [1913 Webster] They who counsel war. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
counsel n 1: a lawyer who pleads cases in court [syn: advocate, counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law, pleader] 2: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action [syn: guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling, direction] v 1: give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud" [syn: rede, advise, counsel]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
160 Moby Thesaurus words for "counsel": Dutch uncle, Polonius, admonisher, admonition, advice, advise, advise with, advisement, adviser, advising, advisor, advocacy, advocate, agent, aim, ambition, amicus curiae, animus, aspiration, attorney, attorney-at-law, backseat driver, bar, bargain, barrister, barrister-at-law, brief, briefing, brooding, buttinsky, call in, caution, caveat, coach, collogue, compare notes, confer, confer with, confidant, consideration, consult, consult with, consultant, consultation, contemplation, council, counselor, counselor-at-law, deliberate, deliberation, deputy, desideration, desideratum, design, desire, determination, direct, direction, discuss, discuss with, discussion, effect, exchange observations, exchange views, exhortation, expert, expostulation, fixed purpose, friend at court, function, guidance, guide, have conversations, hold conference, hortation, idea, instruct, instruction, instructor, intendment, intent, intention, intercessor, judgement, kibitz, kibitzer, lawyer, legal adviser, legal counselor, legal expert, legal practitioner, legal profession, legalist, lucubration, meaning, meddle, meddler, meditation, mentor, mind, monition, monitor, motive, mouthpiece, musing, negotiate, nestor, nisus, opinion, orienter, palaver, parley, plan, pleader, pleading, point, pondering, powwow, preceptist, prescribe, proctor, procurator, project, proposal, propose, prospectus, purpose, put heads together, reason with, recommend, recommendation, refer to, reflection, remonstrance, representation, resolution, resolve, revolving, rumination, sake, sea lawyer, self-styled lawyer, sit down together, sit down with, solicitor, speculation, striving, study, submit, suggest, suggestion, take counsel, take up with, talk over, teacher, thought, view, warning, weighing, willBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
COUNSEL. Advice given to another as to what he ought to do or not to do. 2. To counsel another to do an unlawful act, is to become accessory to it, if it be a felony, or principal, if it be treason, or a misdemeanor. By the term counsel is also understood counsellor at law. Vide To open; Opening.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
COUNSEL, an officer of court. One who undertakes to conduct suits and actions in court. The same as counsellor.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
COUNSEL, practice, crim. law. In the oath of the grand jurors, there is a provision requiring them to keep secret "the commonwealth's counsel, their fellows, and their own." In this sense this word is synonymous with knowledge; therefore, all the knowledge acquired by grand jurors, in consequence of their office, either from the officers of the commonwealth, from their fellow jurors, or which they have obtained in any manner, in relation to cases which come officially before them, must be kept secret. See Grand Jury.