- To consult is to ask for or get information from someone, or to give such information.
- When you go and meet with a financial advisor, this is an example of a situation where you consult with a financial advisor.
- When you give your husband a call before dinner to see if he wants to go to a dinner party, this is an example of a situation where you consult with your husband.
- When you are asked by a company to provide information on how to accomplish a specific task, this is an example of how a person can consult with a company.
Origin: Classical Latin consultare ; from past participle of consulere, to deliberate, consider, origin, originally , probably , to call together, as inch(es) consulere senatum, to gather the senate, hence ask (it) for advice ; from com-, with plush Indo-European base an unverified form sel-, to take, seize from source sell, Classical Greek helein, to take
- to seek an opinion from; ask the advice of: to consult a lawyer
- to refer to or turn to, esp. for information: to consult a map
- to keep in mind while acting or deciding; show regard for; consider: consult your own wishes in the matter
- to confer about
- to plan for
- consulter noun
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verb con·sult·ed, con·sult·ing, con·sults verb, transitive
- a. To seek advice or information of: consult an attorney.b. To refer to: consulted a telephone directory for the number.
- To take into account; consider: consult one's checkbook before making a major purchase.
- To exchange views; confer.
- To work or serve as a consultant: a retired executive who consults for several large companies.
Origin: French consulter, from Latin cōnsultāre, frequentative of cōnsulere, to take counsel.
- con·sultˈer noun