Definition of lawyer in English:

lawyer

noun

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

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

[NO OBJECT]North American
  • 1Practice law; work as a lawyer.

    ‘lawyering is a craft that takes a long time to become proficient at’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Right now he is member of Parliament, and still lawyering around.’
    • ‘This strikes me as a bit convoluted but he is lawyering and I do not know anything about this stuff.’
    • ‘All three came to the bench from lawyering, not from judging or the academy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He plays at lawyering, and we all pay for it’
    • ‘And it seems his experience with the litigation is one thing that led him from theology to lawyering.’
    • ‘I'm just so concerned, you know, they talk about the great lawyering this defense attorney did.’
    • ‘Why would a judge make a habit of not assigning counsel or, in a contract system, condone lawyering that is like nothing at all?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is not even on our radar, because we need a leader to stop lawyering and start leading.’
    • ‘Legal practitioners have a vast comparative advantage over law schools in teaching practical lawyering skills.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Judging is different from lawyering, but common law judges are not trained separately from lawyers; they are barristers one day and judges the next.’
    1. 1.1with 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

lawyer

/ˈloiər//ˈlɔɪər/