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COUNSEL (counselled, counselling)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does counsel mean? 

COUNSEL (noun)
  The noun COUNSEL has 2 senses:

1. a lawyer who pleads cases in court
2. something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

  Familiarity information: COUNSEL used as a noun is rare.

COUNSEL (verb)
  The verb COUNSEL has 1 sense:

1. give advice to

  Familiarity information: COUNSEL used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

COUNSEL (noun)

Sense 1counsel [BACK TO TOP]


A lawyer who pleads cases in court

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


counsel; pleader; counselor-at-law; advocate; counselor; counsellor

Hypernyms ("counsel" is a kind of...):

attorney; lawyer (a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Sense 2counsel [BACK TO TOP]


Something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


counseling; counselling; guidance; counsel; direction

Hypernyms ("counsel" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "counsel"):

guideline; road map (a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action)

career counseling (counseling on career opportunities)

cynosure (something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners))

genetic counseling (guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children)

marriage counseling (counseling on marital problems and disagreements)

confidential information; hint; lead; steer; tip; wind (an indication of potential opportunity)

COUNSEL (verb)

Sense 1counsel [BACK TO TOP]


Give advice to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


advise; counsel; rede

Context examples:

The teacher counsels troubled students / The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud

Hypernyms (to "counsel" is one way to...):

discuss; hash out; talk over (speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "counsel"):

consult (advise professionally)

propound (put forward, as of an idea)

misadvise; misguide (give bad advice to)

tip; tip off (give insider information or advise to)

admonish; discourage; monish; warn (admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior)

deter; dissuade (turn away from by persuasion)

exhort; press; urge; urge on (force or impel in an indicated direction)

contraindicate (make a treatment inadvisable)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot counsel Sue
They counsel him to write the letter

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