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.

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 confusedconsul council counsel (see usage note at council)

Synonym study

1. See advice.

Usage note

See council.
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British Dictionary definitions for keep one's own counsel

counsel

/ (ˈkaʊnsəl) /

noun

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

Derived Formscounsellable 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 keep one's own counsel (1 of 2)

keep one's own counsel


Say little or nothing about one's opinions or intentions. For example, Betty is notorious for keeping her own counsel; you never know what she really thinks. This expression employs counsel in the sense of “a secret,” a usage dating from about 1300.

Idioms and Phrases with keep one's own counsel (2 of 2)

counsel


see keep one's own counsel.

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