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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: consulter, from Latin consultare, from consulere 'to discuss, consult'

consult

verb
     
con‧sult S3 W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to ask for information or advice from someone because it is their job to know something:
If symptoms persist, consult a doctor without delay.
consult somebody about something
An increasing number of people are consulting their accountants about the tax laws.
consult with
I need to consult with my lawyer.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to discuss something with someone so that you can make a decision together:
I can't believe you sold the car without consulting me!
consult with
The President consulted with European leaders before taking action.
3 [transitive] to look for information in a book, map, list etc:
Have you consulted a dictionary?
WORD FOCUS: ask WORD FOCUS: ask
request to officially ask for something
consult
to ask someone for advice
demand
to ask for something very forcefully
nag
/pester to keep asking for something many times, in an annoying way
beg
/plead to ask for something in an anxious or urgent way, because you want it very much
question
/interrogate to ask someone questions - used especially about the police or the army
grill
informal to ask someone a lot of difficult questions
cross-examine
to ask someone questions in court - used about lawyers
poll
to ask a lot of people for their opinion about something


See also
ask

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