Definition of consulting in US English:



  • Engaged in the business of giving expert advice to people working in a professional or technical field.

    ‘a consulting engineer’
    ‘an environmental consulting company’
    • ‘By 1815 a wave of canals, docks, port, and road improvements, waterworks, lighthouses, and bridges were establishing the profession of consulting engineer.’
    • ‘Graham, not restrained by talking to a consulting engineer, jumped for joy.’
    • ‘It has five dedicated individuals in it, and is expanded as needed with professional consulting staff to fit the specific training situation.’
    • ‘‘It's simply beyond me,’ said Billy Prochaska, a consulting engineer in the forensic group known as Team Louisiana.’
    • ‘The announcement came yesterday following a meeting between fire safety officers and the stadium's consulting engineers.’
    • ‘Merton Bunker is a senior consulting engineer with Rolf Jensen & Associates in their Fairfax, Va., office.’
    • ‘The fact that A.K. was the person who suggested lowering the sewers was confirmed during his examination by Zaven Sarkissian, the defendant's consulting engineer.’
    • ‘The South Florida Water Management District - which regulates the lake's level - hired the consulting engineers to examine the dike and write a report.’
    • ‘William Cleinwerch, a traffic engineer with JRA, said the initial phase of the project will be the implementation of a master plan, designed by a consulting engineer, for Soweto.’
    • ‘Water treatment officials reeling from the unexpected blackout in Cleveland say they now are planning to hire consulting engineers to study additional power options.’
    • ‘Alternatively you could hire a consulting structural engineer.’
    • ‘Dr. Faruqui has held senior consulting positions with Barakat & Chamberlin, EDS, Hagler Bailly, and Battelle.’
    • ‘He said a consulting engineer will be talking to Kildare County Council with regard to traffic manoeuvres in the area and it would be premature to put in traffic calming on the Sycamores Road.’
    • ‘Have a knowledgeable consulting architect or engineer find the cause of the leakage.’
    • ‘Mr. Tim Mullen, Acting Manager, said the concerns would be brought to the attention of the senior engineers in Mayo County Council and the consulting engineers.’
    • ‘After holding senior positions in two MNCs, she is now a consulting engineer.’
    • ‘Mr Bate, a consulting engineer in his forties, said: ‘We're a real couple of nerds.’’
    • ‘Its foundations took the form of a concrete raft, whose design had been approved by the council on the recommendation of independent consulting engineers.’
    • ‘The challenge has come from Mr Brian Coyle, a consulting engineer with Coyle Kennedy in Galway.’
    • ‘A leading consulting engineer puts the cost of improving the N9 for Old Kilcullen to Prumplestown Cross on the Carlow side of Castledermot at 28m.’
    independent, consultant, hired, temporary, freelance, casual, visiting, non-resident, external, extramural, peripatetic
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  • The business of giving expert advice to other professionals, typically in financial and business matters.

    • ‘Management consulting doesn't have much time for that.’
    • ‘We will continue to work closely with Menston because our experience in this process, of consulting widely and so on, should help them.’
    • ‘Both of the firms specialize in training and IT consulting.’
    • ‘We were both dissatisfied with our experiences of international consulting.’
    • ‘It says the scheme to register construction and consulting firms emanated from past experiences of the council and now wished to reward firms based on their performance.’
    • ‘Now, Morgan Doyle has announced that it has partnered with Directory Design, an Arizona-based US company specialising in directory design and consulting.’
    • ‘For years, we've all known that consulting, as a profession, is getting a little, well, dog-eared.’
    • ‘Family business consulting has grown significantly over the past twenty years.’
    • ‘This has resulted in their inability to provide professional consulting for their clients from a relatively broader horizon.’
    • ‘He knew from recent experience that neither sitting on boards of directors nor consulting would satisfy his yearning to have an impact.’
    • ‘Yes, political consulting is a business, and nothing succeeds like success.’
    • ‘I did some consulting for Trilogy; it was an interesting experience.’
    • ‘Manning has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and operations management consulting.’
    • ‘Campaign consulting is simply another business sector experiencing globalization, a sector in which entrepreneurs and innovators can expand, compete and succeed.’
    • ‘By then, he'd become a barrister, then a senior lecturer in criminology at Melbourne University, and then moved into private consulting.’
    • ‘Rajagopal is a firm believer that management consulting is facing newer paradigms and the challenges of the profession are many.’
    • ‘Accounting and consulting are very different businesses.’
    • ‘A qualified architect or engineer that specializes in roof consulting can help you make this decision by offering professional guidance for the choice.’
    • ‘Emrys claims to be a sultan of consulting for friends all over the globe in need of advice.’
    • ‘Respondents' racial homogeneity is consistent with the largely white world of professional consulting.’