Meaning of lawyer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlɔːjə/ /ˈlɔɪə/

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  • A person who practises or studies law, especially (in the UK) a solicitor or a barrister or (in the US) an attorney.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously a purchaser may or may not choose to give power of attorney to their lawyer.’
    • ‘Immigration lawyers and judges are thus drawn into a debate that is less and less theoretical.’
    • ‘Women attorneys, doctors and lawyers are found in the provinces as well as in urban areas.’
    • ‘Common law lawyers tend to talk about things assuming everyone knows what they mean.’
    • ‘Civil and common law lawyers have been multivalent without talking much about it.’
    • ‘This is particularly true in schemes operated in many States where public defence lawyers are assigned to cases.’
    • ‘Once you get lawyers and solicitors involved things tend to get dragged out.’
    • ‘It probably knew the judge was married to a lawyer, and thus had access to a free attorney.’
    • ‘We don't know, because the Act also permits the litigant and his lawyers to be excluded from the court.’
    • ‘It also placed the lawyer who signed the affidavit of documents in jeopardy of an award of costs against him.’
    • ‘The canon lawyer called by the Plaintiffs also confirmed the church's policy of secrecy.’
    • ‘Nor will defendants who lose be made to pay more because the claimant's lawyers are being paid extra under a conditional fee.’
    • ‘In a court you will never get completely unbiased when lawyers are ruling on lawyers, will you?’
    • ‘They are the cost of going to the court at all, lawyers or no lawyers.’
    • ‘In a sense, you know who the plaintiffs' lawyers are; they are quite well known.’
    • ‘The lawyers and judges involved in its administration tend to be made from the same cloth and are regarded as no better.’
    • ‘While the lawyers were with the judge, he sat and waited at one end of the hallway on the fourth floor.’
    legal practitioner, attorney, legal officer, legal adviser, legal representative, legal executive, agent, member of the bar
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  • 1North American Practise law; work as a lawyer.

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

Phrasal Verbs

    lawyer up
    US informal
    • Hire a lawyer.

      • ‘at least six women have lawyered up and plan to sue him’
      • ‘Both sides have lawyered up and will have a chance to voice their concerns.’
      • ‘The first thing anyone does when they are wronged is to lawyer up.’
      • ‘She better lawyer up, because she's about to embark on a bitter custody battle!’
      • ‘The group has lawyered up and filed a petition to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.’
      • ‘They have lawyered up and plan to countersue because "no grown man should hit a woman."’
      • ‘If anyone does try to release the video he's ready to lawyer up to block it.’
      • ‘Andrew's family lawyered up and prepared to file a lawsuit.’
      • ‘By Thursday evening the unrest appeared to be settling down as all sides lawyered up.’
      • ‘So many of our parents lawyered up and nuked their family lives with custody battles, money grubbing and ruthless competition for their kids' loyalty.’
      • ‘We were told both stepchildren have lawyered up, because they're the only remaining people who have a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.’