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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] consultare, from consulere to consult.

Pronunciation 1

Noun

Singular
consult

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  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.
  2. (obsolete): A council; a meeting for consultation.
    A consult of coquettes. -Swift.
  3. (obsolete): Agreement; concert.
  4. (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.

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Pronunciation 2

Verb

Infinitive
to consult

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to consult (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  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.
  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; 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.
  5. (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.
  6. (transitive), (obsolete): To deliberate upon; to take for.
    Manythings were there consulted for the future, yet nothing was positively resolved. -Clarendon.
  7. (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.
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Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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