[ kuh n-suhl-ting ]
/ kənˈsʌl tɪŋ /


employed or involved in giving professional advice to the public or to those practicing the profession: a consulting physician.
of, relating to, or used for consultation: a physician's consulting room.


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Origin of consulting

First recorded in 1790–1800; consult + -ing2


un·con·sult·ing, adjective

Definition for consulting (2 of 2)

[ verb kuh n-suhlt; noun kon-suhlt, kuh n-suhlt ]
/ verb kənˈsʌlt; noun ˈkɒn sʌlt, kənˈsʌlt /

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

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.


pre·con·sult, verbre·con·sult, verbun·con·sult·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for consulting

British Dictionary definitions for consulting (1 of 2)

/ (kənˈsʌltɪŋ) /


(prenominal) acting in an advisory capacity on professional mattersa consulting engineer

British Dictionary definitions for consulting (2 of 2)

/ (kənˈsʌlt) /


(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 forms of consult

consultable, 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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