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Definition of consult in English:


Pronunciation: /kənˈsʌlt
[with object]
1Seek information or advice from (someone, especially an expert or professional): if you consult a solicitor, making a will is a simple procedure
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  • Anyone seeking such advice should consult a competent professional.
  • Do always consult an expert for advice on international adoption agencies and orphanages.
  • Continue to engage and consult professional trainers, breeders and other specialists.
ask, seek advice/information from, take counsel from, call on/upon/in, turn to, have recourse to
1.1Have discussions with (someone), typically before undertaking a course of action: patients are entitled to be consulted about their treatment [no object]: the government must consult with interested bodies
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  • He said that at the centre of the present crisis was the fact that the federal council had taken a course of action without consulting the people.
  • No one of course consulted the Scottish people, and widespread popular opposition greeted the Union.
  • Of course I am not consulted by State-owned enterprises before they put up prices.
confer, discuss, talk, talk things over, have a talk, exchange views, have discussions, converse, communicate, parley;
deliberate, debate, negotiate
informal chew the fat, powwow, have a confab, talk turkey, palaver, put their heads together
formal confabulate
consider, take into consideration/account, have regard to, respect, have an eye to
1.2Refer for information to (a book, diary, or watch): she consulted a large desk diary
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  • I would not consult watches or diaries if I did not need time to do things, if I did not need to do things on time.
  • Serena watched him consult his electronic notepad then head for the door of the hotel room.
  • He had refreshed his memory by consulting the meticulous diaries he has kept throughout his career.
refer to, turn to, look something up in


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnsʌlt
chiefly North American Back to top  
An act of consulting a professional; a consultation: after a consult with his attorneys, he retracted his previous statement
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  • A psychiatric consult suggested the possibility of major depression.
  • When the ER doctors noticed the slight bruising, they ran a CAT scan and called for a neurology consult.
  • If no physical problems are determined, then treatment or referral for a behavioral consult may be needed.


early 16th century (in the sense 'confer'): from French consulter, from Latin consultare, frequentative of consulere 'take counsel'.



Pronunciation: /-tətɪv/
Example sentences
  • An expert advisory or consultative committee should be set up to assist with this.
  • The ministry of agriculture was gradually reduced from a centralized authority over the farms to a mere consultative and advisory body.
  • He had been a consultative adviser to Organon, Schering, and Wyeth on safety of medicines since the early 1990s.

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