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Definition of counsel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counsel
    he / she / it counsels
    past simple counseled ()counselled
    -ing form counseling ()counselling
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  1. 1counsel somebody to listen to and give support or professional advice to someone who needs help Therapists were brought in to counsel the bereaved.
  2. 2(formal) to advise someone to do something counsel something Most experts counsel caution in such cases. counsel somebody to do something He counseled them to give up the plan.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: counsel