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
  1. verb
    seek information from
    “You should consult the dictionary”
    synonyms: look up, refer
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    type of:
    attempt to find out in a systematically and scientific manner
  2. verb
    get or ask advice from
    Consult your local broker”
    “They had to consult before arriving at a decision”
    synonyms: confer with
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    type of:
    ask, enquire, inquire
    inquire about
  3. verb
    advise professionally
    “The professor consults for industry”
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    type of:
    advise, counsel, rede
    give advice to
  4. verb
    have a conference in order to talk something over
    synonyms: confab, confabulate, confer
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    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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