US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(kounsə ling)

From the verb counsel: (⇒ conjugate)
counseling is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." (US)

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coun•sel•ing  (kounsə ling),USA pronunciation n. [Psychol.]
  1. Psychology, Psychotherapyprofessional guidance in resolving personal conflicts and emotional problems.
Also,  counsel•ling. 
  • counsel + -ing1

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•sel /ˈkaʊnsəl/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -sel for 3., v.,  -seled, -sel•ing or (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. 
  1. advice:[uncountable]I sought his counsel before applying for promotion.
  2. Lawthe lawyer or lawyers representing one party or the other in court: [countable]"Does counsel have an objection?'' the judge asked.[uncountable]On the advice of counsel, I refuse to answer.

  1. to give advice to or about;
    advise: [+ object]He counseled the committee to proceed slowly.[+ against + verb-ing]She counseled against leaving the country.[+ object + to + verb]We counseled him to accept the deal.[used with quotations]"I would go straight for promotion,'' he counseled.
  1. Idiomskeep one's own counsel, to remain silent:She kept her own counsel on the issue.

    See council.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
coun•sel  (kounsəl),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -sel  for 3, v.,  -seled, -sel•ing  or (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. 
  1. advice;
    opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.
  2. interchange of opinions as to future procedure;
  3. Law(used with a sing. or pl. v.) the advocate or advocates engaged in the direction of a cause in court;
    a legal adviser or counselor:Is counsel for the defense present?
  4. deliberate purpose;
  5. Religion[Theol.]one of the advisory declarations of Christ, considered by some Christians as not universally binding but as given for aid in attaining moral perfection.
  6. [Archaic.]a private or secret opinion or purpose.
  7. [Obs.]wisdom;
  8. Idiomskeep one's own counsel, to conceal one's ideas or opinions;
    keep silent.
  9. Idiomstake counsel, to ask for or exchange advice, ideas, or opinions;

  1. to give advice to;
  2. to urge the adoption of, as a course of action;
    recommend (a plan, policy, etc.):He counseled patience during the crisis.

  1. to give counsel or advice.
  2. to get or take counsel or advice.
counsel•a•ble*  [esp. Brit.,] counsel•la•ble, adj. 
  • Late Latin consiliāre, derivative of consilium
  • Anglo-French cunseiler (Old French conseillier)
  • Latin consilium debate, advice, advisory body, plan, equivalent. to consil-, variant stem of consulere to apply for advice (see consult) + -ium -ium; (verb, verbal)
  • Anglo-French cunseil, Old French conseil
  • (noun, nominal) Middle English counseil 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged recommendation, suggestion. See  advice. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lawyer, attorney;
      solicitor, barrister.
    See  council. 

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counsel /ˈkaʊnsəl/ n
  1. advice or guidance on conduct, behaviour, etc
  2. discussion, esp on future procedure; consultation: to take counsel with a friend
  3. a person whose advice or guidance is or has been sought
  4. a barrister or group of barristers engaged in conducting cases in court and advising on legal matters
  5. any of the counsels of perfection or evangelical counsels, namely poverty, chastity, and obedience
  6. counsel of perfectionexcellent but unrealizable advice
  7. private opinions or plans (esp in the phrase keep one's own counsel)
  8. archaic wisdom; prudence
vb ( -sels, -selling, -selled) ( US -sels, -seling, -seled)
  1. (transitive) to give advice or guidance to
  2. (tr; often takes a clause as object) to recommend the acceptance of (a plan, idea, etc); urge
  3. (intransitive) archaic to take counsel; consult
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French counseil, from Latin consilium deliberating body; related to consul, consult
See note at council

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counselling, US counseling /ˈkaʊnsəlɪŋ/ n
  1. guidance offered by social workers, doctors, etc, to help a person resolve social or personal problems
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