American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To seek advice or information of: consult an attorney.
- v. To refer to: consulted a telephone directory for the number.
- v. To take into account; consider: consult one's checkbook before making a major purchase.
- v. To exchange views; confer.
- v. To work or serve as a consultant: a retired executive who consults for several large companies.
- n. A consultation, especially one involving physicians.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To ask advice of; seek the opinion of as a guide to one's own judgment; have recourse to for information or instruction: as, to consult a friend, a physician, or a book.
- To have especial reference or respect to, in judging or acting; consider; regard.
- To plan, devise, or contrive.
- . To seek the opinion or advice of another, for the purpose of regulating one's own action or judgment: followed by with.
- To take counsel together; confer; deliberate in common.
- n. A meeting for consultation or deliberation; a council.
- n. The act of consulting; the effect of consultation; determination.
- n. obsolete : The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consultation; determination; decision.
- n. obsolete : A council; a meeting for consultation.
- n. obsolete : Agreement; concert.
- n. US : A visit, e.g. to a doctor; a consultation.
- v. intransitive To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
- v. intransitive To advise or offer expertise.
- v. intransitive To work as a consultant or contractor rather than as a full-time employee of a firm.
- v. transitive 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.
- v. transitive To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes.
- v. transitive , (obsolete): To deliberate upon; to take for.
- v. transitive , (obsolete): To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
- v. To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of; to apply to for information or instruction; to refer to.
- v. To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider.
- v. obsolete To deliberate upon; to take for.
- v. obsolete To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.
- n. obsolete The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consulation; determination; decision.
- n. obsolete A council; a meeting for consultation.
- n. obsolete Agreement; concert.
- v. have a conference in order to talk something over
- v. seek information from
- v. get or ask advice from
- v. advise professionally
- From French consulter, from Latin consultare ("to deliberate, consult"), frequentative of consulere ("to consult, deliberate, consider, reflect upon, ask advice"), from com- ("together") + -sulere, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)
- French consulter, from Latin cōnsultāre, frequentative of cōnsulere, to take counsel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In other words, readers, (and I'm resisting the urge to write this in capitals) they don't try to sell you anything; well of course, they do, it's their job after all (the makeup consult is £ 10, which is subtracted from the cost of anything you buy) — they just do it very quietly.”
“Fed up with her non-existent love life, Faith decides to once again consult the cards.”
“To consult is to learn, and to become sensitive to all perspectives, so that whatever decision is made, the government will act with the knowledge of how all relevant interests will be affected, after having given respectful consideration to those interests.”
“In this role as a true partner we will be able to again consult with the United States as we have in the past, and be able to advocate and encourage even more steps to avoid nuclear conflict.”
“Now, the agreement to consult is really important.”
“He did herein consult the benefit of his creatures.”
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“Well, I should not have used the word consult, particularly to such an independent little lady as sweet Alice Goff.”
“Tell you what: If you're still here when I wake up, we'll call a consult and consider some imaging.”
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