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Definition of counsel verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    counsel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they counsel
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsl//
     
    he / she / it counsels
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnslz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnslz//
     
    past simple counselled
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    past participle counselled
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    (especially US English) past simple counseled
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    (especially US English) past participle counseled
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnsld//
     
    -ing form counselling
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnslɪŋ//
     
    (especially US English) -ing form counseling
    BrE BrE//ˈkaʊnslɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊnslɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1counsel somebody to listen to and give support or professional advice to somebody who needs help Therapists were brought in to counsel the bereaved.
  2. 2(formal) to advise somebody to do something counsel something Most experts counsel caution in such cases. counsel somebody to do something He counselled them to give up the plan. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French counseil (noun), conseiller (verb), from Latin consilium ‘consultation, advice’, related to consulere ‘take counsel’. Compare with council.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: counsel