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From Middle French consulter, from Latin cōnsultō (to deliberate, consult), frequentative of cōnsulō (to consult, deliberate, consider, reflect upon, ask advice), from com- (together) + -sulō, from Proto-Indo-European *selh₁- (to take, grab).




consult (plural consults)

  1. (obsolete) The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation
  2. (obsolete) the result of consultation; determination; decision.
  3. (obsolete) A council; a meeting for consultation.
    • 1730, Jonathan Swift, Death and Daphne, Chapter 5
      a consult of coquettes
  4. (obsolete) Agreement; concert.
  5. (US) A visit, e.g. to a doctor; a consultation.

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  • The noun consult is avoided in British English, where consultation is preferred. In American English, they are merely synonyms.



consult (third-person singular simple present consults, present participle consulting, simple past and past participle consulted)

  1. (intransitive) To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take counsel; to deliberate together; to confer.
  2. (intransitive) To advise or offer expertise.
  3. (intransitive) To work as a consultant or contractor rather than as a full-time employee of a firm.
  4. (transitive) To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of (a person)
    • 1899, John Cotton Dana, chapter 1, in A Library Primer:
      If you have no library commission, consult a lawyer and get from him a careful statement of what can be done under present statutory regulations.
  5. (transitive) To refer to (something) for information.
    Coordinate term: look up
    • 1904, Guy Wetmore Carryl, chapter 3, in Far from the Maddening Girls:
      Which reminds me that I have never remembered from that hour to consult the dictionary upon a selvage.
    • 1837, William Whewell, History of the Inductive Sciences
      Men forgot, or feared, to consult nature, to seek for new truths, to do what the great discoverers of other times had done; they were content to consult libraries.
  6. (transitive) To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To deliberate upon; to take for.
  8. (transitive, obsolete) To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.

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From Latin consultum.


consult n (plural consulturi)

  1. consultation