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counsel

verb [T] uk   /ˈkaʊn.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-) us  
to give advice, especially on social or personal problems: The police have provided experts to counsel local people affected by the tragedy. My job involves counselling unemployed people on/about how to find work.

counsel

noun uk   /ˈkaʊn.səl/ us  
[U] formal advice: I should have listened to my father's wise counsel, and saved some money instead of spending it all.C2 [S] specialized law one or more of the lawyers taking part in a legal case: The judge addressed counsel. Counsel for the defence (= the lawyer giving advice to the accused person) argued convincingly that his client was not guilty.
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