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.


  1. consult

    A consultant (from Latin: consultare "to deliberate") is a professional (also known as expert, specialist, see variations of meaning below) who provides advice and other purposeful activities in an area of specialization.Consulting services generally fall under the domain of professional services, as contingent work. A consultant is employed or involved in giving professional advice to the public or to those practicing the profession.


  1. consult

    Consult means to seek advice or information from someone, such as a professional expert or a reference source. It can also refer to discussing something with someone to get their opinion or approval before making a decision.

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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    Rank popularity for the word 'consult' in Verbs Frequency: #585

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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. Henry Miller:

    How different the new order would be if we could consult the veteran instead of the politician.

  2. Wafa Hefny:

    They made a council composed of women... and when they want to do anything they consult, this group started sitting directly with the official in charge of women in the Guidance Bureau. This is present now as a link between base and summit... They are treating women now as the ones who can take the pulse of what can and cannot be done. This is an excellent step for women.

  3. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton:

    The point of this lawsuit is not about specific refugees, it is about protecting Texans by ensuring that the federal government fulfills its obligation to properly vet the refugees and cooperate and consult with the state.

  4. Richard Neal:

    Treasury Department has decided not to allow the IRS to comply with Chairman Neal request by the April 10 deadline. I will consult with counsel and determine the appropriate response to the commissioner in the coming days.

  5. Channing Phillips:

    Without knowing all of the details, the mere fact that all four of the line prosecutors withdrew from the case, as has been reported, suggests undue meddling by higher ups at DOJ or elsewhere, while it is not uncommon for a USAO to consult with Main Justice in such high profile matters( indeed, it is required for certain matters), it is unprecedented to have a USAO dramatically change their sentencing recommendation after its memorandum has been filed unless there has been a change in circumstances or facts.

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