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"counsel" in British English

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counselverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊn.səl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)


uk   us   /ˈkaʊn.səl/
[U] formal advice: I should have ​listened to my father's ​wise counsel, and ​saved some ​moneyinstead of ​spending it all.C2 [S] specialized law one or more of the ​lawyers taking ​part in a ​legalcase: The ​judgeaddressed counsel. Counsel for the ​defence (= the ​lawyer giving ​advice to the ​accusedperson)arguedconvincingly that his ​client was not ​guilty.

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

"counsel" in American English

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counselverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·səl/ (-l-, -ll-)
to give ​advice, esp. on ​social or ​personalproblems: He was counseling ​athletes not to take ​steroids.

counselnoun [U]

 us   /ˈkɑʊn·səl/ fml
advice: The ​presidentsought counsel from his advisers. law Counsel is one or more of the ​lawyers taking ​part in a ​case or ​legallyrepresenting a ​person or ​organization: Maloney ​skipped the ​meeting on the ​advice of counsel.
(Definition of counsel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"counsel" in Business English

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counselnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkaʊnsəl/ LAW
a ​lawyer or ​group of ​lawyers whose ​job is to speak for someone in a ​court of ​law: defence counsel/counsel for the ​defence prosecuting counsel/counsel for the ​prosecution
US a ​person or ​group of ​people whose ​job is to give ​legaladvice to a ​company or large ​organization: counsel for/to sb/sth She ​acts as ​tax counsel for the National Association of ​Realtors. Dent later became White ​House counsel to the ​president.
(Definition of counsel from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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