Complete Definition of "consult"

English

Alternative spellings
consultation (Only noun form in UK)

Etymology
L. consultare, from consulere to consult.

Pronunciation 1
enPR|kÅn'sÅ­lt or kÉnsÅ­lt'
a|RP IPA|/ËkÉnsÊlt/|/kÉnËsÊlt/, SAMPA|/"kQnsVlt/ or /[email protected]"sVlt/
a|US IPA|/ËkÉnsÊlt/, SAMPA|/"kAnsVlt/
audio|en-us-consult-noun.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
rfc-level|Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section
en-noun

  1. obsolete: The act of consulting or deliberating; consultation; also, the result of consulation; determination; decision.

#:The council broke; And all grave consults dissolved in smoke. -Dryden.

  1. obsolete: A council; a meeting for consultation.

#:A consult of coquettes. -Swift.

  1. obsolete: Agreement; concert.
  2. US: A visit, e.g. to a doctor; a consultation.

Usage notes
The noun consult is avoided in British English, favoring consultation instead. In AmE?, they are merely synonyms.

Synonyms
consultation

Pronunciation 2
enPR|kÉnsÅ­lt'
IPA|/kÉnËsÊlt/, SAMPA|/[email protected]"sVlt/
audio|en-us-consult-verb.ogg|Audio (US)

Verb
en-verb

  1. intransitive To seek the opinion or advice of another; to take consel; to deliberate together; to confer.

#:Let us consult upon to-morrow's business. -Shak.
#:All the laws of England have been made by the kings England, consulting with the nobility and commons. -Hobbes.

  1. intransitive To advise or offer expertise.
  2. intransitive To work as a consultant or contractor rather than as a full-time employee of a firm.
  3. transitive To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of; to apply to for information or instruction; to refer to; as, to consult a physician; to consult a dictionary.

#:Men fergot, or feared, to consult ... ; they were content to consult liberaries. -Whewell.

  1. transitive To have reference to, in judging or acting; to have regard to; to consider; as, to consult one's wishes.

#:We are ... to consult the necessities of life, rather than matters of ornament and delight. -L'Estrange.

  1. (transitive), obsolete: To deliberate upon; to take for.

#:Manythings were there consulted for the future, yet nothing was positively resolved. -Clarendon.

  1. (transitive), obsolete: To bring about by counsel or contrivance; to devise; to contrive.

#:Thou hast consulted shame to thy use by cutting off many people. -Hab. ii. 10.

Translations
Dutch: t+|nl|raadplegen
Hebrew: ××ת×××¢×¥ (le'hitia'etz) (1)
Spanish: t+|es|consultar

Related terms
consultancy
consultant
consultation

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Category:English heteronyms

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