keep counsel

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keep counsel
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Main Entry:counsel

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  • To keep counsel — Counsel Coun sel (koun s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil, fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of uncertain origin. Cf. {Consult}, {Consul}.] 1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation. [1913 Webster] All the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To keep counsel — Keep Keep (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Counsel — Coun sel (koun s[e^]l), n. [OE. conseil, F. conseil, fr. L. consilium, fr. the root of consulere to consult, of uncertain origin. Cf. {Consult}, {Consul}.] 1. Interchange of opinions; mutual advising; consultation. [1913 Webster] All the chief… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keep — (k[=e]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Kept} (k[e^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Keeping}.] [OE. k[=e]pen, AS. c[=e]pan to keep, regard, desire, await, take, betake; cf. AS. copenere lover, OE. copnien to desire.] 1. To care; to desire. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • counsel-keeper — counˈsel keeper noun (Shakespeare) One who can keep counsel or a secret • • • Main Entry: ↑counsel …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep one's own counsel — {v. phr.}, {formal} To keep your ideas and plans to yourself. * /John listened to what everyone had to say in the discussion, but he kept his own counsel./ * /Although everybody gave Mrs. O Connor advice about what to do with her house, she kept… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep one's own counsel — {v. phr.}, {formal} To keep your ideas and plans to yourself. * /John listened to what everyone had to say in the discussion, but he kept his own counsel./ * /Although everybody gave Mrs. O Connor advice about what to do with her house, she kept… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep your own counsel — phrase to say nothing about your plans or opinions Thesaurus: to keep something secretsynonym Main entry: counsel * * * keep your own ˈcounsel idiom (formal …   Useful english dictionary

  • counsel — ► NOUN 1) advice, especially that given formally. 2) (pl. same) a barrister or other legal adviser conducting a case. 3) archaic consultation, especially to seek advice. ► VERB (counselled, counselling; US counseled, counseling …   English terms dictionary

  • counsel — [koun′səl] n. [ME & OFr counseil < L consilium (for base see CONSULT); confused in ME with COUNCIL] 1. a mutual exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.; discussion and deliberation 2. a) advice resulting from such an exchange b) any advice …   English World dictionary

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