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Pronunciation of Counsel: Learn how to pronounce Counsel in English correctly

Learn how to say Counsel correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.

Oxford dictionary definition of the word counsel:

1 [mass noun] advice, especially that given formally:
with wise counsel a couple can buy a home that will be appreciating in value
[count noun]:
for the public, simple counsels of more patience are not enough
archaic consultation, especially to seek or give advice:
he took much counsel with him
2 (plural same ) a barrister or other legal adviser conducting a case:
the counsel for the defence
verb (counsels, counselling, counselled; US counsels, counseling, counseled)
[with object]
give advice to (someone):
careers officers should counsel young people in making their career decisions
give professional help and advice to (someone) to resolve personal or psychological problems:
he was being counselled for depression
recommend (a course of action):
the athlete’s coach counselled caution

a counsel of despair

an action to be taken when all else fails:
not to build because we are short of doctors would be a counsel of despair
a counsel of perfection

advice that is ideal but not feasible:
while it may be a counsel of perfection, it must be advisable for the insurer to attempt to investigate each claim
keep one’s own counsel

say nothing about what one thinks or plans:
she doubted what he said but kept her own counsel
take counsel

discuss a problem:
the party leader and chairman took counsel together

Middle English: via Old French counseil (noun), conseiller (verb), from Latin consilium ‘consultation, advice’, related to consulere (see consult). Compare with council

Spelling rule

Double the l when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words which end in a vowel plus l (as in
): (counsels, counselling, counselled).