- 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 of consultClassical Latin consultare ; from past participle of consulere, to deliberate, consider, origin, originally , probably , to call together, as in consulere senatum, to gather the senate, hence ask (it) for advice ; from com-, with + 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
verbcon·sult·ed, con·sult·ing, con·sults
- a. To seek advice or information of: consult an attorney.b. To refer to: consulted the restaurant's website for directions.
- 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 of consultFrench consulter, from Latin cōnsultāre, frequentative of cōnsulere, to take counsel.
- (US): A visit, e.g. to a doctor; a consultation.
- The noun consult is avoided in British English, favoring consultation instead. In AmE, they are merely synonyms.
(third-person singular simple present consults, present participle consulting, simple past and past participle consulted)
- (intransitive) To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
- Let us consult upon to-morrow's business. -William Shakespeare
- All the laws of England have been made by the kings of England, consulting with the nobility and commons. - Thomas Hobbes.
- (intransitive) To advise or offer expertise.
- (intransitive) To work as a consultant or contractor rather than as a full-time employee of a firm.
- To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of; to apply to for information or instruction; to refer to; as, to consult a physician; to consult a dictionary.
- Men forgot, or feared, to consult ... ; they were content to consult libraries. - William Whewell.
- To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes.
- We are ... to consult the necessities of life, rather than matters of ornament and delight. -L'Estrange.