Meaning of “attorney” in the English Dictionary

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"attorney" in British English

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attorneynoun [ C ]

uk /əˈtɜː.ni/ us /əˈtɝː.ni/ US

C1 a lawyer :

a defense attorney
an attorney for the plaintiff
a civil/criminal attorney

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  • a high-powered attorney
  • She's an attorney who advises companies about mergers and takeovers.
  • They paid a high-powered attorney to plead their case.
  • She was asked to take the witness stand and was then cross-examined by the state attorney.
  • The defence attorney requested an adjournment.

(Definition of “attorney” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attorney" in American English

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attorneynoun [ C ]

us /əˈtɜr·ni/

a lawyer:

a defense attorney

(Definition of “attorney” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attorney" in Business English

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attorneynoun [ C ]

uk /əˈtɜːni/ us LAW

US a lawyer:

Mr Temple is the attorney representing the plaintiffs.
an attorney for sb Attorneys for both sides agreed to postpone the hearing.
a defense/prosecuting attorney
a civil/criminal attorney

a person who has the legal right to act for someone else:

You may appoint an attorney to act on your behalf.

(Definition of “attorney” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)