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lawyering

[law-yer-ing, loi-er-]
noun
  1. the practice of law; the duties, functions, or skills of a lawyer.
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Origin of lawyering

First recorded in 1670–80; lawyer + -ing1

lawyer

[law-yer, loi-er]
noun
  1. a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
  2. New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to work as a lawyer; practice law.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.
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Origin of lawyer

First recorded in 1350–1400, lawyer is from the Middle English word lawyere. See law1, -ier1
Related formslaw·yer·like, law·yer·ly, adjectivede·law·yer, verb (used with object)non·law·yer, nounun·der·law·yer, nounun·law·yer·like, adjectiveun·law·yer·ly, adjective
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lawyer

noun
  1. a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitorSee also advocate, barrister, solicitor
  2. a popular name for burbot
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Word Origin

C14: from law 1
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Word Origin and History for lawyering

lawyer

n.

late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from Middle English lawe "law" (see law) + -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1610s (see -yer).

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