counsel

[ koun-suhl ]
/ ˈkaʊn səl /

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.

Idioms

    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

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English counseil < Anglo-French cunseil, Old French conseil < Latin consilium “debate, advice, advisory body, plan,” equivalent to consil-, variant stem of consulere “to apply for advice” (see consult) + -ium -ium; (verb) < Anglo-French cunseiler (Old French conseillier) < Late Latin consiliāre, derivative of consilium

Related forms

Can be confused

consul council counsel (see usage note at council)

Synonym study

1. See advice.

Usage note

See council.

Definition for counselling (2 of 2)

counseling

or coun·sel·ling

[ koun-suh-ling ]
/ ˈkaʊn sə lɪŋ /

noun Psychology.

professional guidance in resolving personal conflicts and emotional problems.

Origin of counseling

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British Dictionary definitions for counselling (1 of 2)

counselling

US counseling

/ (ˈkaʊnsəlɪŋ) /

noun

guidance offered by social workers, doctors, etc, to help a person resolve social or personal problems

British Dictionary definitions for counselling (2 of 2)

counsel

/ (ˈkaʊnsəl) /

noun

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

Derived Forms

counsellable or US counselable, adjective

Word Origin for counsel

C13: from Old French counseil, from Latin consilium deliberating body; related to consul, consult

confusable

Avoid confusion with council
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Idioms and Phrases with counselling

counsel


see keep one's own counsel.

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