council / counsel

The noun council refers to a group of people that discusses or decides about a particular subject, or that represents people, or runs an organization. It is like a committee.

  • The city council voted to invest more funds in education.
  • The security council is debating the use of armed guards at shopping centers.

    The noun counsel means “advice” (especially from a knowledgeable person) and the verb counsel means to give this advice:

  • You need some professional counsel; you should call a lawyer.
  • My parents counseled me to save money and not spend it all.