When you give counsel or counsel someone, you give advice. If your neighbor is suing you because your dog keeps eating his begonias, you might seek the counsel of a dog trainer or, if that doesn't work, a lawyer.
You can get professional counsel — from a minister or psychiatrist or someone else trained in counseling — or you can get counsel from anyone you trust. You can ask your stylish friend to counsel you on your hairstyle, or you could write to Dear Abby for counsel on your lovelife. Counsel is also what you call a lawyer who represents you in court. In your begonia-eating dog case, your lawyer would be counsel for the defense.
n something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
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guideline, road map
a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
counseling on career opportunities
something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
guidance for prospective parents on the likelihood of genetic disorders in their future children
counseling on marital problems and disagreements
confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip, wind
an indication of potential opportunity
v give advice to
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exhort, press, urge, urge on
force or impel in an indicated direction
turn away from by persuasion
admonish, discourage, monish, warn
admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior
tip, tip off
give insider information or advise to
give bad advice to
put forward, as of an idea
make a treatment inadvisable
urge to an unnatural speed
bear on, push
press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action
talk out of
persuade someone not to do something
speak, plead, or argue in favor of