What does consult mean?

Definitions for consult
kənˈsʌlt; ˈkɒn sʌlt, kənˈsʌltcon·sult

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. consult, confer withverb

    get or ask advice from

    "Consult your local broker"; "They had to consult before arriving at a decision"

  2. consult, refer, look upverb

    seek information from

    "You should consult the dictionary"; "refer to your notes"

  3. confer, confabulate, confab, consultverb

    have a conference in order to talk something over

    "We conferred about a plan of action"

  4. consultverb

    advise professionally

    "The professor consults for industry"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Consultnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Yourself in person head one chosen half,
    And march t’ oppress the faction in consult
    With dying Dorax. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    He said, and rose the first; the council broke;
    And all their grave consults dissolv’d in smoke. John Dryden, Fables.

    Divers meetings and consults of our whole number, to consider of the former labours. Francis Bacon.

    A consult of coquets below
    Was call’d, to rig him out a beau. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Consultverb

    We are, in the first place, to consult the necessities of life, rather than matters of ornament and delight. Roger L'Estrange.

    The senate owes its gratitude to Cato,
    Who with so great a soul consults its safety,
    And guards our lives, while he neglects his own. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Thou hast consulted shame to thy house, by cutting off many people. Heb. ii. 10.

    Many things were there consulted for the future, yet nothing was positively resolved. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

  3. To CONSULTverb

    To take counsel together; to deliberate in common. It has with before the person admitted to consultation.

    Etymology: consulto, Latin.

    Every man,
    After the hideous storm that follow’d, was
    A thing inspir’d; and, not consulting, broke
    Into a general prophecy, that this tempest,
    Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded
    The sudden breach on’t. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    A senate-house, wherein three hundred and twenty men sat consulting always for the people. 1 Mac. viii. 15.

    Consult not with the slothful for any work. Ecclus. xxxvii.

    He sent for his bosom friends, with whom he most confidently consulted, and shewed the paper to them, the contents whereof he could not conceive. Edward Hyde.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consultverb

    to seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer

  2. Consultverb

    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

  3. Consultverb

    to have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes

  4. Consultverb

    to deliberate upon; to take for

  5. Consultverb

    to bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive

  6. Consultnoun

    the act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consulation; determination; decision

  7. Consultnoun

    a council; a meeting for consultation

  8. Consultnoun

    agreement; concert

  9. Etymology: [L. consultare, fr. consulere to consult: cf. f. consulter. Cf. Counsel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consult

    kon-sult′, v.t. to ask advice of: to decide or act in favour of: to look up to for information or advice: to discuss: to consider: to take measures for the advantage of any one.—v.i. to consider in company: to take counsel.—n. (kon-sult′, or kon′sult) the act of consulting: a meeting for consultation: a council: a meeting for conspiracy or intrigue.—ns. Consul′ta, a meeting of council; Consultā′tion, deliberation, or a meeting for such, esp. of physicians or lawyers.—adj. Consult′ative, of or pertaining to consultation, esp. of bodies taking part in a consultation without voting on the decision.—ns. Consultee′, the person consulted; Consult′er, one who consults.—adjs. Consult′ing, of a physician or lawyer who gives advice; Consult′ive, pertaining to consultation; Consult′ory, Consult′atory. [L. consult-āre, inten. of consul-ĕre, to consult.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consult in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consult in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of consult in a Sentence

  1. Author Unknown:

    A patient going to a doctor for his first visit was asked, "And whom did you consult before coming to me?""Only the village druggist," was the answer."And what sort of foolish advice did that numbskull give you?" asked the doctor, his tone and manner denoting his contempt for the advice of the layman."Oh," replied his patient, with no malice aforethought, "he told me to come and see you."

  2. Peter Turkson:

    Just because the pope is not a scientist does not mean he can't consult scientists.

  3. President Dilma Rousseff:

    We must consult the population to rebuild a constitutional pact that was broken by the impeachment process.

  4. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirbydistanced:

    It is simply not clear to us that there is substantive rationale for it, we will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland's proposal is a tenable one.

  5. Vandana Sheth:

    If you do choose to provide a plant-based milk to your child [ and ] if over the age of 2, I would suggest soy, as it provides about 6 to 8 grams of protein per cup, it's also a good idea to consult with a registered dietitian to discuss your child's unique situation and get guidance about the right choice to allow for normal growth and development.

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    not established or confirmed
    • A. unsealed
    • B. ectomorphic
    • C. eminent
    • D. indiscernible

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