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counsel

[ koun-suhl ]
/ ˈkaʊn səl /
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noun, plural coun·sel for 3.

verb (used with object), coun·seled, coun·sel·ing or (especially British) coun·selled, coun·sel·ling.

to give advice to; advise.
to urge the adoption of, as a course of action; recommend (a plan, policy, etc.): He counseled patience during the crisis.

verb (used without object), coun·seled, coun·sel·ing or (especially British) coun·selled, coun·sel·ling.

to give counsel or advice.
to get or take counsel or advice.

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Idioms for counsel

    keep one's own counsel, to conceal one's ideas or opinions; keep silent.
    take counsel, to ask for or exchange advice, ideas, or opinions; deliberate; consult.

Origin of counsel

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English noun counseil, from Anglo-French cunseil, Old French conseil, concile from Latin consilium “debate, advice, advisory body, plan,” equivalent to consil-, variant stem of consulere “to apply for advice” + -ium noun suffix; verb from Anglo-French cunseiler, Old French conseillier, from Late Latin consiliāre, derivative of consilium; see consult,-ium
1. See advice.
See council.
consul, council, counsel (see confusables note at council)
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British Dictionary definitions for counsel

counsel
/ (ˈkaʊnsəl) /

noun

verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled

counsellable or US counselable, adjective
C13: from Old French counseil, from Latin consilium deliberating body; related to consul, consult
Avoid confusion with council
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Idioms and Phrases with counsel

counsel

see keep one's own counsel.

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