1. The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation: joined in counsel with colleagues before deciding the issue.
2. Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice .
3. Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one’s own counsel.
4. A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
v.coun·seled. coun·sel·ing. coun·sels or coun·selled or coun·sel·ling
1. To give counsel to; advise: counseled us to be prudent.
2. To recommend: counseled care in the forthcoming negotiations.
To give or take advice. See Usage Note at council .
[Middle English counseil. from Old French conseil. from Latin c nsilium ; akin to c nsulere. to take counsel, consult .]
(Social Welfare) guidance offered by social workers, doctors, etc, to help a person resolve social or personal problems
Thesaurus Antonyms Related Words Synonyms Legend:
counselling – something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
road map. guideline – a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action; “the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam”
career counseling – counseling on career opportunities
cynosure – something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners); “let faith be your cynosure to walk by”
genetic counseling – guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
marriage counseling – counseling on marital problems and disagreements