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 for counsel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Counsel \Coun"sel\ (koun"s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil,
     fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of
     uncertain origin. Cf. Consult, Consul.]
     1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation.
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              All the chief priest and elders of the people took
              counsel against Jesus, to put him to death. --Matt.
                                                    xxvii. 1.
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     2. Examination of consequences; exercise of deliberate
        judgment; prudence.
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              They all confess, therefore, in the working of that
              first cause, that counsel is used.    --Hooker.
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     3. Result of consultation; advice; instruction.
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              I like thy counsel; well hast thou advised. --Shak.
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              It was ill counsel had misled the girl. --Tennyson.
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     4. Deliberate purpose; design; intent; scheme; plan.
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              The counsel of the Lord standeth forever. --Ps.
                                                    xxxiii. 11.
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              The counsels of the wicked are deceit. --Prov. xii.
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     5. A secret opinion or purpose; a private matter.
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              Thilke lord . . . to whom no counsel may be hid.
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     6. One who gives advice, especially in legal matters; one
        professionally engaged in the trial or management of a
        cause in court; also, collectively, the legal advocates
        united in the management of a case; as, the defendant has
        able counsel.
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              The King found his counsel as refractory as his
              judges.                               --Macaulay.
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     Note: In some courts a distinction is observed between the
           attorney and the counsel in a cause, the former being
           employed in the management of the more mechanical parts
           of the suit, the latter in attending to the pleadings,
           managing the cause at the trial, and in applying the
           law to the exigencies of the case during the whole
           progress of the suit. In other courts the same person
           can exercise the powers of each. See Attorney.
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     In counsel, in secret. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     To keep counsel, or
     To keep one's own counsel, to keep one's thoughts,
        purposes, etc., undisclosed.
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              The players can not keep counsel: they 'll tell all.
     Syn: Advice; consideration; consultation; purpose; scheme;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Counsel \Coun"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Counseled (-s[e^]ld)
     or Counselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Counseling or
     Counselling.] [OE. conseilen, counseilen, F. conseiller,
     fr. L. consiliari, fr. consilium counsel.]
     1. To give advice to; to advice, admonish, or instruct, as a
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              Good sir, I do in friendship counsel you
              To leave this place.                  --Shak.
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     2. To advise or recommend, as an act or course.
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              They who counsel war.                 --Milton.
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              Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb,
              Counseled ignoble ease and peaceful sloth. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a lawyer who pleads cases in court [syn: advocate,
           counsel, counselor, counsellor, counselor-at-law,
      2: something that provides direction or advice as to a decision
         or course of action [syn: guidance, counsel,
         counseling, counselling, direction]
      v 1: give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students";
           "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud"
           [syn: rede, advise, counsel]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  160 Moby Thesaurus words for "counsel":
     Dutch uncle, Polonius, admonisher, admonition, advice, advise,
     advise with, advisement, adviser, advising, advisor, advocacy,
     advocate, agent, aim, ambition, amicus curiae, animus, aspiration,
     attorney, attorney-at-law, backseat driver, bar, bargain,
     barrister, barrister-at-law, brief, briefing, brooding, buttinsky,
     call in, caution, caveat, coach, collogue, compare notes, confer,
     confer with, confidant, consideration, consult, consult with,
     consultant, consultation, contemplation, council, counselor,
     counselor-at-law, deliberate, deliberation, deputy, desideration,
     desideratum, design, desire, determination, direct, direction,
     discuss, discuss with, discussion, effect, exchange observations,
     exchange views, exhortation, expert, expostulation, fixed purpose,
     friend at court, function, guidance, guide, have conversations,
     hold conference, hortation, idea, instruct, instruction,
     instructor, intendment, intent, intention, intercessor, judgement,
     kibitz, kibitzer, lawyer, legal adviser, legal counselor,
     legal expert, legal practitioner, legal profession, legalist,
     lucubration, meaning, meddle, meddler, meditation, mentor, mind,
     monition, monitor, motive, mouthpiece, musing, negotiate, nestor,
     nisus, opinion, orienter, palaver, parley, plan, pleader, pleading,
     point, pondering, powwow, preceptist, prescribe, proctor,
     procurator, project, proposal, propose, prospectus, purpose,
     put heads together, reason with, recommend, recommendation,
     refer to, reflection, remonstrance, representation, resolution,
     resolve, revolving, rumination, sake, sea lawyer,
     self-styled lawyer, sit down together, sit down with, solicitor,
     speculation, striving, study, submit, suggest, suggestion,
     take counsel, take up with, talk over, teacher, thought, view,
     warning, weighing, will

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COUNSEL. Advice given to another as to what he ought to do or not to do. 
       2. To counsel another to do an unlawful act, is to become accessory to 
  it, if it be a felony, or principal, if it be treason, or a misdemeanor. By 
  the term counsel is also understood counsellor at law. Vide To open; 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COUNSEL, an officer of court. One who undertakes to conduct suits and 
  actions in court. The same as counsellor. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COUNSEL, practice, crim. law. In the oath of the grand jurors, there is a 
  provision requiring them to keep secret "the commonwealth's counsel, their 
  fellows, and their own." In this sense this word is synonymous with 
  knowledge; therefore, all the knowledge acquired by grand jurors, in 
  consequence of their office, either from the officers of the commonwealth, 
  from their fellow jurors, or which they have obtained in any manner, in 
  relation to cases which come officially before them, must be kept secret. 
  See Grand Jury. 

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