Meaning of “counsel” in the English Dictionary

"counsel" in British English

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counselverb [ T ]

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

counselnoun

uk /ˈkaʊn.səl/ us /ˈkaʊn.səl/

[ 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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  • His conviction was quashed in March 1986 after his counsel argued that the police evidence was a tissue of lies.
  • From 1940 to 1943, he was general counsel of the House committee investigating un-American activities.
  • He provided wise counsel to the young boys in his care.

(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 personal problems:

He was counseling athletes not to take steroids.

counselnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑʊn·səl/ fml

advice:

The president sought counsel from his advisers.

law Counsel is one or more of the lawyers taking part in a case or legally representing 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 /ˈkaʊnsəl/ us 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 legal advice 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)