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
Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
To leave this place. --Shak.
2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course.
They who counsel war. --Milton.
Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb,
Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. --Milton.