[v. kuhn-suhlt; n. kon-suhlt, kuhn-suhlt]
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.

1525–35; (< Middle French consulter) < Latin consultāre to deliberate, consult, frequentative of consulere to consult, take counsel; cf. consul

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
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consult (kənˈsʌlt)
vb (when intr, often foll by with)
1.  to ask advice from (someone); confer with (someone)
2.  (tr) to refer to for information: to consult a map
3.  (tr) to have regard for (a person's feelings, interests, etc) in making decisions or plans; consider
4.  (intr) to make oneself available to give professional advice, esp at scheduled times and for a fee
[C17: from French consulter, from Latin consultāre to reflect, take counsel, from consulere to consult]

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Word Origin & History

c.1540, from L. consultare, frequentative of consulere "to take counsel" (see consultation). Related: Consulting (pp. adj., 1796).
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Example sentences
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.
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