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


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