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[v. kuh n-suhlt; n. kon-suhlt, kuh n-suhlt] /v. kənˈsʌlt; n. ˈkɒn sʌlt, kənˈsʌlt/
verb (used with object)
to seek advice or information from; ask guidance from:
Consult your lawyer before signing the contract.
to refer to for information:
Consult your dictionary for the spelling of the word.
to have regard for (a person's interest, convenience, etc.) in making plans.
Obsolete. to meditate, plan, or contrive.
verb (used without object)
to consider or deliberate; take counsel; confer (usually followed by with):
He consulted with his doctor.
to give professional or expert advice; serve as consultant.
Archaic. a secret meeting, especially one for seditious purposes.
Origin of consult
1525-35; (< Middle French consulter) < Latin consultāre to deliberate, consult, frequentative of consulere to consult, take counsel; cf. consul
Related forms
preconsult, verb
reconsult, verb
unconsulted, adjective
1. Consult, confer imply talking over a situation or a subject with someone to decide points in doubt. To consult is to seek from a presumably qualified person or source advice, opinion, etc.: to consult an authority. To confer is to exchange views: The partners conferred concerning their business. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for consult
  • consult your health care provider for appropriate evaluation and management.
  • consult and support the work of others conducting research on public education and community well-being.
  • He says it did not properly consult residents or include thorough water studies.
  • consult the map legend for specific tint representations.
  • The best advice is to consult with professionals and think ahead about the possible consequences.
  • consult the manual's troubleshooting section or call the toll-free customer service number.
  • It quickly became clear that anyone worried about these issues should consult a lawyer.
  • He is such a convert to the nuclear cause that he now chooses to consult for it.
  • Please consult your own qualified advisers as you consider philanthropic gifts.
  • The only way to tell is to positively identify the species and then consult the literature.
British Dictionary definitions for consult


when intr, often foll by with. to ask advice from (someone); confer with (someone)
(transitive) to refer to for information: to consult a map
(transitive) to have regard for (a person's feelings, interests, etc) in making decisions or plans; consider
(intransitive) to make oneself available to give professional advice, esp at scheduled times and for a fee
Derived Forms
consultable, adjective
consulter, consultor, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French consulter, from Latin consultāre to reflect, take counsel, from consulere to consult
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Word Origin and History for consult

1520s, from Middle French consulter (16c.), from Latin consultare "consult, take the advice of," frequentative of consulere "to take counsel, meet and consider" (see consultation). Related: Consulted; consulting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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