1. the practice of law; the duties, functions, or skills of a lawyer.


  1. a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law or to advise or act for clients in other legal matters.
  2. New Testament. an interpreter of the Mosaic Law. Luke 14:3.

verb (used without object)

  1. to work as a lawyer; practice law.

verb (used with object)

  1. to submit (a case, document, or the like) to a lawyer for examination, advice, clarification, etc.


  1. a member of the legal profession, esp a solicitorSee also advocate, barrister, solicitor
  2. a popular name for burbot

n.late 14c. (mid-14c. as a surname), from Middle English lawe “law” (see law) + -iere. Spelling with -y- first attested 1610s (see -yer).

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