[ verb kuhn-suhlt; noun kon-suhlt, kuhn-suhlt ]
See synonyms for: consultconsultedconsulting on

verb (used with object)
  1. to seek advice or information from; ask guidance from: Consult your lawyer before signing the contract.

  2. to refer to for information: Consult your dictionary for the spelling of the word.

  1. to have regard for (a person's interest, convenience, etc.) in making plans.

  2. Obsolete. to meditate, plan, or contrive.

verb (used without object)
  1. to consider or deliberate; take counsel; confer (usually followed by with): He consulted with his doctor.

  2. to give professional or expert advice; serve as consultant.

  1. Archaic. a secret meeting, especially one for seditious purposes.

Origin of consult

First recorded in 1525–35; from Middle French consulter, from Latin consultāre “to deliberate,” literally, “to advise repeatedly,” from consulere “to advise, consider, seek advice from”; cf. consul

synonym study For consult

1. Consult, confer imply talking over a situation or a subject with someone to decide points in doubt. To consult is to seek from a presumably qualified person or source advice, opinion, etc.: to consult an authority. To confer is to exchange views: The partners conferred concerning their business.

Other words from consult

  • pre·con·sult, verb
  • re·con·sult, verb
  • un·con·sult·ed, adjective

Words Nearby consult Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use consult in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consult


/ (kənˈsʌlt) /

  1. (when intr, often foll by with) to ask advice from (someone); confer with (someone)

  2. (tr) to refer to for information: to consult a map

  1. (tr) to have regard for (a person's feelings, interests, etc) in making decisions or plans; consider

  2. (intr) to make oneself available to give professional advice, esp at scheduled times and for a fee

Origin of consult

C17: from French consulter, from Latin consultāre to reflect, take counsel, from consulere to consult

Derived forms of consult

  • consultable, adjective
  • consulter or consultor, noun

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