Definition of consult in English:



  • 1Seek information or advice from (someone, especially an expert or professional)

    ‘if you consult a solicitor, making a will is a simple procedure’
    • ‘The next day, major newspapers such as The Times and the Washington Post began consulting forensic experts and reporting stories that raised similar questions.’
    • ‘Anyone seeking such advice should consult a competent professional.’
    • ‘You should also consult your accountant and financial adviser.’
    • ‘If pain and lack of range of motion continue after six to eight weeks, consult a medical professional.’
    • ‘It is clear that they were documents containing information which had been obtained by the plaintiffs with a view to consulting their professional adviser.’
    • ‘Before removing stains, consult a professional cleaner or read our article on removing stains.’
    • ‘In that case, consult a professional cleaner or simply throw out the article and replace it.’
    • ‘However, the personal trainer should not perform assisted stretching without first consulting the rehab professional who previously treated the client.’
    • ‘You should consult a licensed professional who can advise you about your financial affairs before you make any decisions.’
    • ‘Henry Schlee is a regular skier in Whistler and always consults the experts at Holiday Whistler for advice on great Whistler rental accommodation.’
    • ‘And then there are the men and women who spend years going to doctors and specialists and consulting every expert on the subject but still fail to get their one wish - to have a child of their own.’
    • ‘Do always consult an expert for advice on international adoption agencies and orphanages.’
    • ‘The Information Commissioner was not consulted by the Government before these amendments were tabled.’
    • ‘Continue to engage and consult professional trainers, breeders and other specialists.’
    • ‘This information is not necessarily readily available to novice investors, who might do well to consult a financial adviser.’
    • ‘He further added that ‘The Government made its decision without consulting experts in the trade.’’
    • ‘If your child shows symptoms of allergies, consult a medical specialist for advice.’
    • ‘I suggest that those in the government in charge of catching corruptors consult a cardiac expert before it's too late.’
    • ‘The President rejected the mercy petition after consulting legal experts, including Attorney General Milon Banerji.’
    • ‘If the householder does not like his advice, he may consult another practitioner.’
    ask, seek advice from, seek information from, take counsel from, call in, call on, call upon, turn to, have recourse to
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    1. 1.1 Have discussions with (someone), typically before undertaking a course of action.
      ‘patients are entitled to be consulted about their treatment’
      no object ‘the government must consult with interested bodies’
      • ‘We consulted people and began the process of tendering.’
      • ‘I wonder if people were even consulted before drawing up this plan.’
      • ‘They had been worried after one doctor altered Thomas's treatment without consulting a junior colleague responsible for his care.’
      • ‘He said that at the centre of the present crisis was the fact that the federal council had taken a course of action without consulting the people.’
      • ‘‘We will be consulting local people about going through the tunnel - an option is to provide two routes, one through and another over the top,’ Mr McQuillan said.’
      • ‘No one of course consulted the Scottish people, and widespread popular opposition greeted the Union.’
      • ‘It shouldn't be left till the flames are coming out the top of the plant before people are consulted.’
      • ‘The report recommends seeking additional funds for the skate park, but also includes consulting young people about which facilities they see as most important for them.’
      • ‘The Council consulted him and discussed legislative projects, while the Senate voted on those projects.’
      • ‘She highlighted her concerns at how the Irish people were never consulted about signing up to an EU constitution.’
      • ‘Councillors have arranged a meeting at the end of November to discuss consulting all residents on the festival's future.’
      • ‘The council has already consulted the people on what they want.’
      • ‘I am sure if the organizers of the Awards had consulted the right persons the results would have been different.’
      • ‘Bexley Council is currently consulting people about its plans to spend £4m during the next five years on expanding and updating the library service.’
      • ‘He said he would be consulting staff about the proposals before deciding what course of action the branch would take.’
      • ‘If you genuinely want new ideas, don't forget to consult people you respect who have never worked in your industry’
      • ‘The people were consulted and have spoken; it is just unfortunate that many of Europe's politicians dislike their reply.’
      • ‘As in '99, opponents of a republic with an Australian Head of State will complain that consulting the people is a waste of time and money.’
      • ‘Advances in our understanding of the human genome not only have a considerable impact on consulting individuals and their families but also on the population in general.’
      • ‘Of course I am not consulted by State-owned enterprises before they put up prices.’
      confer, discuss, talk, talk things over, have a talk, exchange views, have discussions, converse, communicate, parley
      consider, take into account, take into consideration, have regard to, respect, have an eye to
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    2. 1.2 Refer for information to (a book, diary, or watch)
      ‘she consulted a large desk diary’
      • ‘Shortly afterwards, Frosty consults his watch in mock horror.’
      • ‘Serena watched him consult his electronic notepad then head for the door of the hotel room.’
      • ‘Later in the story when he writes Mr. Lincoln a letter asking for help, he consults Milton's book.’
      • ‘She began to catch up after those wasted years and read books and consulted the dictionary constantly.’
      • ‘Around 2.25 a.m. (I was consulting my watch forever that night), he made his appearance.’
      • ‘The next day he consulted Mouton's book and found that Pell was correct.’
      • ‘After changing jeans and shoes, he went down to the drawing room to consult the address book beside the telephone.’
      • ‘He had refreshed his memory by consulting the meticulous diaries he has kept throughout his career.’
      • ‘Patricia Dillon pointed out that since his statement last May, Dunlop would have been able to consult his diary.’
      • ‘I made a show of consulting my watch and quickly bade the place goodbye.’
      • ‘For paper, he went to university libraries and consulted old books, quickly ripping out the blank endpapers whenever no one was looking.’
      • ‘Each one consults their watch or mobile phone, and then tells him, but he keeps asking.’
      • ‘I would not consult watches or diaries if I did not need time to do things, if I did not need to do things on time.’
      • ‘Content that everything is in order, Mark consults his watch and decides to make himself a cup of coffee, realizing that Tommy won't be arriving for at least half an hour.’
      • ‘Visitors sometimes leave empty-handed, having achieved their purpose by consulting a book or score.’
      • ‘If one is familiar with the existing sources pertaining to the First and Second Banks of the United States, there will be nothing to gain by consulting this book.’
      • ‘After consulting the phone book, I grabbed the old receiver and dialed Rick Miles' phone number.’
      • ‘Yes, I am consulting the Book According to Megan.’
      • ‘Gualtero set his spoon down too and consulted his pocket watch.’
      • ‘In the South Front section of the building the actual corridors at the head of stacks are so narrow it is only possible to sit across the short side of a table while consulting a book.’
      refer to, turn to, look something up in
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North American
  • An act of consulting a professional; a consultation.

    ‘after a consult with his attorneys, he retracted his previous statement’
    • ‘A consult can be requested at the physician's discretion.’
    • ‘The health care provider schedules a consult for Mr Jones and his family with the dietitian and a registered nurse, both certified diabetes educators.’
    • ‘If no physical problems are determined, then treatment or referral for a behavioral consult may be needed.’
    • ‘Besides the fact that a consult might cost as much as $100 an hour, they were confident that the garden center staff would do a better job.’
    • ‘Finally, if treatments don't seem to be helping, it is worthwhile to get a consult.’
    • ‘The regular vets couldn't handle his broken leg, so I ended up at the orthopedic surgery experts, having a consult.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, the receptionist got really upset about that and informed me that I'd have to wait considerably longer than half an hour for a consult.’
    • ‘His cardiologist promptly referred Michael over to St. E's for a consult.’
    • ‘We can easily obtain a consult for this treatment if it is felt to be most appropriate.’
    • ‘Besides, the look on the attorney's face when the physician recommended such a consult would have made it all worth it!’
    • ‘A psychiatric consult suggested the possibility of major depression.’
    • ‘They then suggest I should spend my time and my money to give them a free consult.’
    • ‘The nurse performs the history and physical, writes admitting orders, and calls the neurosurgeon for a consult.’
    • ‘I received a call from the OR, telling me to wait before I brought the patient back because the physician had to go to the unit for a consult.’
    • ‘Instead of throwing him in jail as a public nuisance, and possibly arranging a psych consult, they elect him to civic office.’
    • ‘Just that morning, Dr Wentworth had approached Dr Ferrars for a consult regarding a suspected cardiac tumour in a female patient.’
    • ‘The doctor leaves the curtained area and the patient on whose behalf he was called down for a neurology consult.’
    • ‘Any obese patient should have a nutritional consult.’
    • ‘When the ER doctors noticed the slight bruising, they ran a CAT scan and called for a neurology consult.’
    • ‘During the last procedure of the day, the surgeon receives a consult from a primary care physician who has referred a patient in the ER experiencing right lower quadrant pain.’


Early 16th century (in the sense ‘confer’): from French consulter, from Latin consultare, frequentative of consulere ‘take counsel’.