Definition of lawyer in English:



  • A person who practices or studies law; an attorney or a counselor.

    • ‘It probably knew the judge was married to a lawyer, and thus had access to a free attorney.’
    • ‘Civil and common law lawyers have been multivalent without talking much about it.’
    • ‘Immigration lawyers and judges are thus drawn into a debate that is less and less theoretical.’
    • ‘We don't know, because the Act also permits the litigant and his lawyers to be excluded from the court.’
    • ‘Common law lawyers tend to talk about things assuming everyone knows what they mean.’
    • ‘That only can be given to a representative or solicitor or a lawyer, or a court official.’
    • ‘Once you get lawyers and solicitors involved things tend to get dragged out.’
    • ‘The Attorney general is a lawyer employed by the government of the day to provide legal advice that his client asks for.’
    • ‘Nor will defendants who lose be made to pay more because the claimant's lawyers are being paid extra under a conditional fee.’
    • ‘It also placed the lawyer who signed the affidavit of documents in jeopardy of an award of costs against him.’
    • ‘Women attorneys, doctors and lawyers are found in the provinces as well as in urban areas.’
    • ‘The lawyers and judges involved in its administration tend to be made from the same cloth and are regarded as no better.’
    • ‘They are the cost of going to the court at all, lawyers or no lawyers.’
    • ‘The canon lawyer called by the Plaintiffs also confirmed the church's policy of secrecy.’
    • ‘Obviously a purchaser may or may not choose to give power of attorney to their lawyer.’
    • ‘In a court you will never get completely unbiased when lawyers are ruling on lawyers, will you?’
    • ‘While the lawyers were with the judge, he sat and waited at one end of the hallway on the fourth floor.’
    • ‘Despite the pleas of defence lawyers, the attorney general appeared to do nothing to urge restraint.’
    • ‘In a sense, you know who the plaintiffs' lawyers are; they are quite well known.’
    • ‘This is particularly true in schemes operated in many States where public defence lawyers are assigned to cases.’
    legal practitioner, attorney, legal officer, legal adviser, legal representative, legal executive, agent, member of the bar
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[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1 Practice law; work as a lawyer.

    ‘lawyering is a craft that takes a long time to become proficient at’
    • ‘The fact is that although the Prime Minister was elected to lead the country, he never stopped lawyering on the side.’
    • ‘Judging is different from lawyering, but common law judges are not trained separately from lawyers; they are barristers one day and judges the next.’
    • ‘He plays at lawyering, and we all pay for it’
    • ‘Right now he is member of Parliament, and still lawyering around.’
    • ‘Legal practitioners have a vast comparative advantage over law schools in teaching practical lawyering skills.’
    • ‘And it seems his experience with the litigation is one thing that led him from theology to lawyering.’
    • ‘Why would a judge make a habit of not assigning counsel or, in a contract system, condone lawyering that is like nothing at all?’
    • ‘He is not even on our radar, because we need a leader to stop lawyering and start leading.’
    • ‘We now need a term for the moral inverse of ‘honest graft’, organized corruption, with no redeeming features, which is yet thoroughly lawyered and irreproachable before the law.’
    • ‘Thus, a person can become managing partner for a variety of reasons, some of which may be related to intellect and lawyering skill but some of which have nothing to do with those qualities.’
    • ‘However, from watching her ‘host’ tonight's programming, it is clearly obvious that she has zero media potential, and should go back to lawyering.’
    • ‘This strikes me as a bit convoluted but he is lawyering and I do not know anything about this stuff.’
    • ‘I'm just so concerned, you know, they talk about the great lawyering this defense attorney did.’
    • ‘And yet these medical fraudsters have deep pockets, and so he is lawyering against a government that he belongs to, and took an oath to uphold.’
    • ‘All three came to the bench from lawyering, not from judging or the academy.’
    • ‘Revised the probationary program with additional class time, student evaluations and a stronger focus on lawyering skills and strategies.’
    • ‘‘The objective is to internalize pro bono lawyering as part of our psyche as well as part of our profession,’ he said.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A substantial and somewhat turgid passage that will have been severely lawyered before it was allowed out, but even so, you begin to get a message, of sorts.’
      • ‘Instead, it's clear that they lawyered it within an inch of its life - a bunch of legal eagles with faint hearts removing any juice and most of the meat from it.’
      • ‘The heavily lawyered press release is very suspicious and leads one to conclude that he had in fact divulged the information.’
      • ‘This idea may not even require a Memorandum of Understanding, a heavily lawyered process that failed other cities in the past.’