[verb kuh n-suhlt; noun kon-suhlt, kuh n-suhlt]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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.


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

Origin of consult

1525–35; (< Middle French consulter) < Latin consultāre to deliberate, consult, frequentative of consulere to consult, take counsel; cf. consul
Related formspre·con·sult, verbre·con·sult, verbun·con·sult·ed, adjective

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consulted

Contemporary Examples of consulted

Historical Examples of consulted

  • And if they had consulted him he could have asked for no greater favor.

  • She believes that this order is from my father, and that my mother has not been consulted upon it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Faust consulted his betting sheet, Crane looking over his shoulder.


    W. A. Fraser

  • This was at least the advice I gave him, when he consulted us yesterday evening.

  • Young John assenting, Pancks dealt him his card, and consulted his hand again.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for consulted



(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
Derived Formsconsultable, adjectiveconsulter or consultor, noun

Word Origin for consult

C17: from French consulter, from Latin consultāre to reflect, take counsel, from consulere to consult
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Word Origin and History for consulted



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.

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