Definition of consult in English:



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

    ‘if you consult a solicitor, making a will is a simple procedure’
    • ‘If your child shows symptoms of allergies, consult a medical specialist for advice.’
    • ‘The President rejected the mercy petition after consulting legal experts, including Attorney General Milon Banerji.’
    • ‘In that case, consult a professional cleaner or simply throw out the article and replace it.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘You should consult a licensed professional who can advise you about your financial affairs before you make any decisions.’
    • ‘The next day, major newspapers such as The Times and the Washington Post began consulting forensic experts and reporting stories that raised similar questions.’
    • ‘Continue to engage and consult professional trainers, breeders and other specialists.’
    • ‘However, the personal trainer should not perform assisted stretching without first consulting the rehab professional who previously treated the client.’
    • ‘Anyone seeking such advice should consult a competent professional.’
    • ‘Before removing stains, consult a professional cleaner or read our article on removing stains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If pain and lack of range of motion continue after six to eight weeks, consult a medical professional.’
    • ‘Do always consult an expert for advice on international adoption agencies and orphanages.’
    • ‘Henry Schlee is a regular skier in Whistler and always consults the experts at Holiday Whistler for advice on great Whistler rental accommodation.’
    • ‘If the householder does not like his advice, he may consult another practitioner.’
    • ‘The Information Commissioner was not consulted by the Government before these amendments were tabled.’
    • ‘I suggest that those in the government in charge of catching corruptors consult a cardiac expert before it's too late.’
    • ‘It is clear that they were documents containing information which had been obtained by the plaintiffs with a view to consulting their professional adviser.’
    • ‘You should also consult your accountant and financial adviser.’
    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. 1.1Have 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’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘No one of course consulted the Scottish people, and widespread popular opposition greeted the Union.’
      • ‘Bexley Council is currently consulting people about its plans to spend £4m during the next five years on expanding and updating the library service.’
      • ‘The people were consulted and have spoken; it is just unfortunate that many of Europe's politicians dislike their reply.’
      • ‘We consulted people and began the process of tendering.’
      • ‘They had been worried after one doctor altered Thomas's treatment without consulting a junior colleague responsible for his care.’
      • ‘She highlighted her concerns at how the Irish people were never consulted about signing up to an EU constitution.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘I wonder if people were even consulted before drawing up this plan.’
      • ‘The council has already consulted the people on what they want.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Council consulted him and discussed legislative projects, while the Senate voted on those projects.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It shouldn't be left till the flames are coming out the top of the plant before people are consulted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am sure if the organizers of the Awards had consulted the right persons the results would have been different.’
      • ‘Councillors have arranged a meeting at the end of November to discuss consulting all residents on the festival's future.’
      • ‘Of course I am not consulted by State-owned enterprises before they put up prices.’
      • ‘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.’
      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. 1.2Refer for information to (a book, diary, or watch)
      ‘she consulted a large desk diary’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later in the story when he writes Mr. Lincoln a letter asking for help, he consults Milton's book.’
      • ‘Shortly afterwards, Frosty consults his watch in mock horror.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, I am consulting the Book According to Megan.’
      • ‘The next day he consulted Mouton's book and found that Pell was correct.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For paper, he went to university libraries and consulted old books, quickly ripping out the blank endpapers whenever no one was looking.’
      • ‘Serena watched him consult his electronic notepad then head for the door of the hotel room.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gualtero set his spoon down too and consulted his pocket watch.’
      • ‘After changing jeans and shoes, he went down to the drawing room to consult the address book beside the telephone.’
      • ‘Visitors sometimes leave empty-handed, having achieved their purpose by consulting a book or score.’
      • ‘Around 2.25 a.m. (I was consulting my watch forever that night), he made his appearance.’
      • ‘Each one consults their watch or mobile phone, and then tells him, but he keeps asking.’
      • ‘He had refreshed his memory by consulting the meticulous diaries he has kept throughout his career.’
      • ‘After consulting the phone book, I grabbed the old receiver and dialed Rick Miles' phone number.’
      • ‘She began to catch up after those wasted years and read books and consulted the dictionary constantly.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If no physical problems are determined, then treatment or referral for a behavioral consult may be needed.’
    • ‘Instead of throwing him in jail as a public nuisance, and possibly arranging a psych consult, they elect him to civic office.’
    • ‘A psychiatric consult suggested the possibility of major depression.’
    • ‘The health care provider schedules a consult for Mr Jones and his family with the dietitian and a registered nurse, both certified diabetes educators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They then suggest I should spend my time and my money to give them a free consult.’
    • ‘The doctor leaves the curtained area and the patient on whose behalf he was called down for a neurology consult.’
    • ‘We can easily obtain a consult for this treatment if it is felt to be most appropriate.’
    • ‘A consult can be requested at the physician's discretion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, the look on the attorney's face when the physician recommended such a consult would have made it all worth it!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His cardiologist promptly referred Michael over to St. E's for a consult.’
    • ‘Just that morning, Dr Wentworth had approached Dr Ferrars for a consult regarding a suspected cardiac tumour in a female patient.’
    • ‘Finally, if treatments don't seem to be helping, it is worthwhile to get a consult.’


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