To consult is to give or get help or advice. When you don't know the meaning of a word, you consult a dictionary. That's why you're here, right?

People making a big decision will usually consult their family and friends. To consult can also mean a type of professional advice: a consultant is a freelance worker paid to help a business out with something. Consulting is a complicated word that can mean to give or receive advice. When in doubt, find someone you trust to consult.

Definitions of consult

v seek information from

“You should consult the dictionary”
look up, refer
Type of:
attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner

v get or ask advice from

Consult your local broker”
“They had to consult before arriving at a decision”
confer with
Type of:
ask, enquire, inquire
inquire about

v advise professionally

“The professor consults for industry”
Type of:
advise, counsel, rede
give advice to

v have a conference in order to talk something over

confab, confabulate, confer
confer secretly
Type of:
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion

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