Definition of counsel noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    counsel

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈkaʊnsl//
     
    [uncountable, countable]
     
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  1. 1(formal) advice, especially given by older people or experts; a piece of advice Listen to the counsel of your elders. In the end, wiser counsels prevailed.
  2. 2 (law) a lawyer or group of lawyers representing someone in court to be represented by counsel the counsel for the defense/prosecution defense/prosecuting counsel The court then heard counsel for the dead woman's father. Topic CollocationsCriminal Justicebreaking the law break/violate/obey/uphold the law be investigated/arrested/tried for a crime/a robbery/fraud be arrested/indicted/convicted on felony charges/on charges of rape/fraud be arrested on suspicion of arson/robbery/shoplifting be accused of/be charged with murder/homicide/four counts of fraud face two charges of assault and battery admit your guilt/liability/responsibility (for something) deny the allegations/claims/charges confess to a crime be granted/be refused/be released on/skip/jump bailthe legal process stand/await/bring somebody to/come to/be on trial take somebody to/come to/settle something out of court face/avoid/escape prosecution seek/retain/have the right to/be denied access to legal counsel hold/conduct/attend/adjourn a hearing/trial sit on/influence/persuade/convince/advise a jury stand/appear/be brought before a judge plead guilty/not guilty to a crime be called to/take/put somebody on the stand/the witness stand call/subpoena/question/cross-examine a witness give/hear the evidence against/on behalf of somebody raise/withdraw/overrule an objection reach a unanimous/majority verdict return/deliver/record a verdict of guilty/not guilty convict/acquit the defendant of the crime secure a conviction/your acquittal lodge/file an appeal appeal (against)/challenge/uphold/overturn a conviction/verdictsentencing and punishment sentence somebody to 5 years in prison/2 years' probation carry/face/serve a seven-year/life sentence receive/be given the death penalty be sentenced to ten years (in prison/jail) carry/impose/pay a fine (of $3,000)/a penalty (of 14 years' imprisonment) be imprisoned/jailed for drug possession/fraud/murder do/serve time/ten years be sent to/put somebody in/be released from jail/prison be/put somebody/spend 13 years on death row be granted/be denied/violate (your) parole ⇨ more collocations at crime More Aboutlawyers Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them, and/or to represent them in a court of law. Attorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles:district attorney Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court:counsel for the prosecution After a lawyer passes the exam allowing him or her to represent someone in court in a particular state, you say that he or she has passed the bar or is a member of the bar in that state.
  3. Idioms
    keep your own counsel(formal)
     
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    to keep your opinions, plans, etc. secret Emily doubted what he told her but kept her own counsel.
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