Pronunciation: (koun'sul), [key]
—n., pl. -sel for 3,
—v., -seled, -sel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling.
1. advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.
2. interchange of opinions as to future procedure; consultation; deliberation.
3. Law. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) the advocate or advocates engaged in the direction of a cause in court; a legal adviser or counselor: Is counsel for the defense present?
4. deliberate purpose; plan; design.
5. Theol.one of the advisory declarations of Christ, considered by some Christians as not universally binding but as given for aid in attaining moral perfection.
6. Archaic.a private or secret opinion or purpose.
7. Obs.wisdom; prudence.
8. keep one's own counsel, to conceal one's ideas or opinions; keep silent.
9. take counsel, to ask for or exchange advice, ideas, or opinions; deliberate; consult.
1. to give advice to; advise.
2. to urge the adoption of, as a course of action; recommend (a plan, policy, etc.): He counseled patience during the crisis.
1. to give counsel or advice.
2. to get or take counsel or advice.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.