Definition of consultant in English:



  • 1A person who provides expert advice professionally.

    • ‘More to the point, we are a nation of accountants, consultants and financial advisers.’
    • ‘Specialist consultants have been brought in to advise on plans for Highworth's skate park.’
    • ‘Wind farm experts and consultants West Coast Energy will be on hand to answer questions on the scheme.’
    • ‘She is now a self-employed consultant advising on the workings of the Scottish parliament.’
    • ‘The city was chosen against the advice of consultants, who ruled it out on cost grounds.’
    • ‘Arlington denied Liam Lawlor offered to act as a consultant and said no money was paid to him.’
    • ‘The author is a program consultant and host at China Central Television in Beijing.’
    • ‘The highest levels found by the local authority consultants have not been replicated by others.’
    • ‘Can our present councillors ever make any decisions without first consulting consultants?’
    • ‘The consultants provide advice on how to energise the crystals and place the objects.’
    • ‘It was put together by a group of volunteer, professional economists and consultants.’
    • ‘So, against the advice of the consultant, we decided against the induction.’
    • ‘Richard Yamasaki, one of the garden's original designers, now acts as a consultant.’
    • ‘The campaign was launched with the help of advertising consultants Jupiter Advertising.’
    • ‘They say political consultants know this, and use negative campaigning for this very purpose.’
    • ‘He is acting as a consultant as Scottish Cricket draws up its battle plan.’
    • ‘The consultant did the search and provided a list of candidates for the position.’
    • ‘A key factor is matching a consultant's niche expertise to your specific needs.’
    • ‘A noise consultant has also been brought in to give advice on other ways of reducing the noise.’
    • ‘Several lawyers and consultants conducted quick reviews of the act for Windspeaker.’
    adviser, guide, counsellor
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  • 2British [usually as modifier] A hospital doctor of senior rank within a specific field.

    ‘a consultant pediatrician’
    • ‘He was also consultant physician to Holloway Sanatorium and Broadmoor Hospital.’
    • ‘Dr Kapasi welcomes publication of league tables of hospital and consultant performance.’
    • ‘They will then be reviewed by one of five consultants within Lancashire Teaching Hospital.’
    • ‘In my day we were not stupid enough to suppose that references were the key to getting a hospital consultant job.’
    • ‘One of her colleagues, consultant psychiatrist Dr Ann Muir, has already done so.’
    • ‘He was then appointed as locum consultant urologist at Dewsbury and District Hospital.’
    • ‘She referred me to a consultant but advised me to pay to go private if I could afford it.’
    • ‘It's Dr Jack Jackson's last week as senior consultant at a rural district general hospital.’
    • ‘The task of informing patients was delegated to consultant gynaecologists or oncologists.’
    • ‘They might also agree that obtaining a consultant post in a teaching hospital obliges a doctor to teach.’
    • ‘Alex visits a consultant paediatrician at Stepping Hill Hospital every eight months.’
    • ‘Their experiences are commented on by a general practitioner and a consultant haematologist.’
    • ‘I believe this would apply to the post of consultant surgeon at the University Hospital of Otago.’
    • ‘As consultant surgeon in Gateshead he pioneered early work on hepatic blood flow.’
    • ‘Each patient was seen by a consultant surgeon or surgical specialist registrar.’
    • ‘Reporting levels among hospital consultants and doctors in nursing homes have increased far less.’
    • ‘He became professor of surgery and honorary consultant surgeon in Bristol in 1988.’
    • ‘This report shows that the improvements depended on increased consultant input.’
    • ‘I recently accompanied a relative to hospital to see a consultant oncologist.’
    • ‘Thereafter they move on to specialist training grades running through to consultant level.’
    senior doctor, specialist
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Late 17th century (in the sense a person who consults): probably from French, from Latin consultare (see consult).