Meaning of “lawyer” in the English Dictionary

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"lawyer" in British English

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lawyernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlɔɪ.ər/ us /ˈlɑː.jɚ/ US also attorney

B1 someone whose job is to give advice to people about the law and speak for them in court:

I want to see my lawyer before I say anything.

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  • She's hired a lawyer who specializes in divorce cases.
  • Our lawyer thinks that we have a very good case.
  • Millions of dollars were spent on lawyers in a courtroom showdown between the two companies.
  • The report notes that 40 percent of lawyers entering the profession are women.
  • If you're unsure of your legal rights, I would check with a lawyer.

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

"lawyer" in American English

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lawyernoun [ C ]

us /ˈlɔɪ·ər, ˈlɔ·jər/

someone whose job is to give advice to people about the law and speak for them in court:

Following his arrest, he demanded to see his lawyer before making any statement.

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

"lawyer" in Business English

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lawyernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlɔɪər/ us US also attorney

someone whose job is to give advice about the law and prepare court cases or speak for one side of a case in court:

He refused to say anything until he had seen his lawyer.
A lawyer for the company said there were grounds to appeal the ruling.
defence/prosecution lawyer The family hired a prominent defence lawyer.
a bankruptcy/divorce/tax lawyer
a lawyer defends/represents/sues sb/sth A lawyer representing the firms said they would ask the court to disqualify the government's witness.

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