One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘if you consult a solicitor, making a will is a simple procedure’
ask, seek advice from, seek information from, take counsel from, call in, call on, call upon, turn to, have recourse to
informal pick someone's brains
2‘there is a growing pressure on managers to consult with employees’
confer, discuss, talk, talk things over, have a talk, exchange views, have discussions, converse, communicate, parley
deliberate, debate, negotiate
informal chew the fat, powwow, have a confab, talk turkey, palaver, put their heads together
3‘she consulted a large desk diary’
refer to, turn to, look something up in
4‘she needed to consult her feelings before acting’
consider, take into account, take into consideration, have regard to, respect, have an eye to
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