- to seek advice or information from; ask guidance from: Consult your lawyer before signing the contract.
- to refer to for information: Consult your dictionary for the spelling of the word.
- to have regard for (a person's interest, convenience, etc.) in making plans.
- Obsolete. to meditate, plan, or contrive.
- to consider or deliberate; take counsel; confer (usually followed by with): He consulted with his doctor.
- to give professional or expert advice; serve as consultant.
- a consultation.
- Archaic. a secret meeting, especially one for seditious purposes.
Origin of consult
Examples from the Web for consult
McCain said he wanted Obama to consult with his top generals about what to do on Iraq before offering his own advice.U.S. Aircraft Could Strike Iraq Tomorrow
Eli Lake, Tim Mak
June 13, 2014
Consult your doctor to determine a healthy range of sodium for you.The Truth About Salt: Should You Shake the Habit?
May 5, 2014
He cannot consult Mr. Ed, but he could take some guidance from a horse that shares the same ancestry.Central Park’s Carriages Saved This Horse
April 24, 2014
(For those who insist on a more lawyerly consideration, consult the indispensible Skepdic on the subject).Introducing ‘Breatharianism,’ The Dumbest Diet of All Time
March 2, 2014
I have my own theories about this, but I decided that to really get to the bottom of things, I had to consult an expert.Why Respected Screen Veterans Are Following Liam Neeson’s Footsteps
February 28, 2014
"If you will consult the captain, you may learn your mistake," said Robert.Brave and Bold
If it's blackmail, Mr. Irwin, why don't you consult the police?Within the Law
I should like to consult my own advocate to see what I can do.The Imaginary Invalid
I sent for her the next day, as soon as I could, to consult her.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Consult also "the Life of Melancthon," by the author of this work, chap.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- (when intr, often foll by with) to ask advice from (someone); confer with (someone)
- (tr) to refer to for informationto consult a map
- (tr) to have regard for (a person's feelings, interests, etc) in making decisions or plans; consider
- (intr) to make oneself available to give professional advice, esp at scheduled times and for a fee
Word Origin and History for consult
1520s, from Middle French consulter (16c.), from Latin consultare "consult, take the advice of," frequentative of consulere "to take counsel, meet and consider" (see consultation). Related: Consulted; consulting.