Definition of lawyer in English:


Syllabification: law·yer
Pronunciation: /ˈloiər


A person who practices or studies law; an attorney or a counselor.
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  • Despite the pleas of defence lawyers, the attorney general appeared to do nothing to urge restraint.
  • The Attorney general is a lawyer employed by the government of the day to provide legal advice that his client asks for.
  • That only can be given to a representative or solicitor or a lawyer, or a court official.
attorney, counsel, counselor, legal practitioner, legal professional, legal adviser, member of the bar, litigator, advocate;
chiefly British barrister, solicitor
informal ambulance chaser, mouthpiece, legal eagle, legal beagle


[no object] North American Back to top  
1Practice law; work as a lawyer: (as noun lawyering) lawyering is a craft that takes a long time to become proficient at
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  • ‘The objective is to internalize pro bono lawyering as part of our psyche as well as part of our profession,’ he said.
  • However, from watching her ‘host’ tonight's programming, it is clearly obvious that she has zero media potential, and should go back to lawyering.
  • The fact is that although the Prime Minister was elected to lead the country, he never stopped lawyering on the side.
1.1 [with object] (Of a lawyer) work on the legal aspects of (a contract, lawsuit, etc.): there is always a danger that the deal will be lawyered to death
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  • The heavily lawyered press release is very suspicious and leads one to conclude that he had in fact divulged the information.
  • Of course, the judge cannot have had any intention of overseeing half-a-million mini-trials on causation, nor can they have had any intention of lawyering them.
  • This idea may not even require a Memorandum of Understanding, a heavily lawyered process that failed other cities in the past.



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  • His lawyerly grasp of a brief on every subject gives him the edge over questioners every time.
  • In practice, this lawyerly distinction hasn't worked.
  • Eventually they believe that there must be something to the charges because the endless parsing of it sounds lawyerly, desperate and boring.

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