con·​sul·​tan·​cy | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce consultancy (audio) \
plural consultancies

Definition of consultancy

2 : an agency that provides consulting services The company has hired an excellent marketing consultancy.
3 : the position of a consultant The doctor was offered a consultancy at the municipal hospital.

Examples of consultancy in a Sentence

The company has hired an excellent marketing consultancy.

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Ernst & Young, the global consultancy firm, recently swapped out traditional job interviews for hands-on auditions for candidates with developmental disorders, said Hiren Shukla, EY's neurodiversity program leader. Danielle Paquette,, "Americans with disabilities are finding new leverage in a tight job market," 21 June 2018 The bride’s father is a senior partner for Grove Mueller & Swank, a public accounting and consultancy firm in Salem. New York Times, "Megan Esch, Ashish Patel," 13 May 2018 Economy Notes: • The Northwest Seaport Alliance, comprising the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, recent released its economic-impact analysis, prepared by the consultancy Community Attributes. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "So far, economy’s Big Mo’ can’t be stopped by scandal or bad policies," 5 Feb. 2019 Financial firms globally spent $6 billion on identity-verification technology in 2017, according to consultancy Aite Group, a sum that’s expected to grow to $10 billion by 2021. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Banks Have a Solution for Their Identity-Fraud Woes: The DMV," 12 Nov. 2018 The political consultancy group (which shut down in May) played an important role in Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential run as well as pro-Brexit campaigns in the UK. James Vincent, The Verge, "UK data watchdog fines Facebook maximum legal amount for Cambridge Analytica scandal," 25 Oct. 2018 Read the full post by Maddy Dychtwald, author and co-founder of Age Wave, a think tank and consultancy. WSJ, "The Five Top Experts Posts of 2018 on Protecting Your Financial Future," 7 Jan. 2019 The issue was reported in a briefing paper produced by a consultancy run by Carlyle Thayer, an expert on Southeast Asia and emeritus professor at Australia's University of New South Wales. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 27 Aug. 2018 News that the consultancy had used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to profile voters ignited a global scandal on data rights. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK fines Facebook over data privacy scandal, EU seeks audit," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of consultancy

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consultancy

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English Language Learners Definition of consultancy

: a company that gives professional advice to other companies for a fee : a consulting company

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