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counsel (n.)

c. 1200, "advice or instruction given;" c. 1300, "mutual advising or interchange of opinions, consultation," from Old French counseil "advice, counsel; deliberation, thought" (10c.), from Latin consilium "plan, opinion," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + root of calare "to announce, summon" (from PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout"). As a synonym for "lawyer, one who gives legal counsel," attested late 14c.

counsel (v.)

c. 1300, counseilen, "to give or offer advice, admonish, instruct," from Old French conseiller "to advise, counsel," from Latin consiliari, from consilium "plan, opinion," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + root of calare "to announce, summon" (from PIE root *kele- (2) "to shout"). Related: Counseled

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Definitions of counsel from WordNet
1
counsel (n.)
a lawyer who pleads cases in court;
Synonyms: advocate / counselor / counsellor / counselor-at-law / pleader
counsel (n.)
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action;
Synonyms: guidance / counseling / counselling / direction
2
counsel (v.)
give advice to;
The teacher counsels troubled students
The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud
Synonyms: rede / advise
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