consult Definition

  • 1to seek information or advice from someone with expertise in a particular area
  • 2to discuss something with someone before making a decision

Using consult: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "consult" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need to consult with my lawyer before signing the contract.

  • Example

    She consulted with her doctor about her health issues.

  • Example

    We should consult the experts before making any decisions.

  • Example

    He consulted his notes before answering the question.

consult Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using consult

  • consult one's watch

    to check the time


    He consulted his watch and realized that he was running late for the meeting.

  • to look up historical records or documents for information


    The historian consulted the archives to find out more about the origins of the city.

  • to check a map for directions or location


    We had to consult the map several times to find our way to the hotel.

Phrases with consult

  • consult one's conscience

    to think carefully about what is right and wrong before making a decision


    Before accepting the bribe, he consulted his conscience and decided not to do it.

  • consult the oracle

    to seek advice or guidance from an authoritative source


    The CEO consulted the oracle of business, Warren Buffet, before making the final decision.

  • a room where a doctor or other professional sees patients for consultation


    The patient was asked to wait in the consulting room until the doctor was ready to see him.

Origins of consult

from Latin 'consultare', meaning 'to deliberate'


Summary: consult in Brief

The verb 'consult' [kənˈsʌlt] means to seek information or advice from someone with expertise in a particular area or to discuss something with someone before making a decision. It can be used in various contexts such as legal, medical, or professional settings. Phrases like 'consult one's conscience' and 'consult the oracle' denote seeking guidance from an authoritative source, while idioms like 'consult the archives' and 'consult the map' imply looking up information or checking directions.

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