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[verb kuh n-suhlt; noun kon-suhlt, kuh n-suhlt] /verb kənˈsʌlt; noun 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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  • She then dropped the two eggs in the same teakettle and consulted the clock.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • And if they had consulted him he could have asked for no greater favor.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And that night they consulted by what means they might always be together.

    The Mabinogion Lady Charlotte Guest
  • Faust consulted his betting sheet, Crane looking over his shoulder.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Omai, who was become of consequence from the possessing three or four muskets and some ammunition, was consulted on the occasion.

British Dictionary definitions for consulted


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 consulted



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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