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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To seek advice or information of: consult an attorney.
  • transitive v. To refer to: consulted a telephone directory for the number.
  • transitive v. To take into account; consider: consult one's checkbook before making a major purchase.
  • intransitive v. To exchange views; confer.
  • intransitive v. To work or serve as a consultant: a retired executive who consults for several large companies.
  • n. A consultation, especially one involving physicians.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. : The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consultation; determination; decision.
  • n. : A council; a meeting for consultation.
  • n. : Agreement; concert.
  • n. : A visit, e.g. to a doctor; a consultation.
  • v. To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
  • v. To advise or offer expertise.
  • v. To work as a consultant or contractor rather than as a full-time employee of a firm.
  • v. 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. To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes.
  • v. , (obsolete): To deliberate upon; to take for.
  • v. , (obsolete): To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consulation; determination; decision.
  • n. A council; a meeting for consultation.
  • n. Agreement; concert.
  • intransitive v. To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
  • transitive v. To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of; to apply to for information or instruction; to refer to.
  • transitive v. To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider.
  • transitive v. To deliberate upon; to take for.
  • transitive v. To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a conference in order to talk something over
  • v. seek information from
  • v. get or ask advice from
  • v. advise professionally

Etymologies

French consulter, from Latin cōnsultāre, frequentative of cōnsulere, to take counsel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

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