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

Definition of consultancy

1 : the act or an instance of consulting : consultation Imagine finding out that you were about to have four children. For Amanda Rogers, that is exactly what she was told during a consultancy in the early part of her pregnancy.— Michael Sheils McNamee
2a : an agency that provides consulting services The company has hired an excellent marketing consultancy.
b : the services provided by a consultancy or a consultant Grants of £500 will also be made available for business support or consultancy [=consultation] for property owners seeking specialist advice on bringing their building back into commercial use.— Sean Doherty and Andy Robinson
c chiefly British : the position of a consultant The doctor was offered a consultancy at the municipal hospital. She left her position with the company to move into consultancy [=consulting].

Examples of consultancy in a Sentence

The company has hired an excellent marketing consultancy.
Recent Examples on the Web In his petition, Braun said Comisar failed to secure any investment and was at the same time running a consultancy. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Soon, his growing list of clients turned into a marketing consultancy for fast-growing startups and Fortune 500 brands. Rolling Stone, 25 May 2021 At the same time, the DIA Staff Action Group, made up of current and former employees, began working with Kate Livingston, who runs a nonprofit consultancy called Expose Your Museum. Isabelle Bousquette, Detroit Free Press, 12 Mar. 2021 Founder & Head of Product at Technofisch, a design consultancy to support creative leaders in launching transformative digital products. Bryn Mccoy, Forbes, 12 May 2021 The bride is the office manager at Act Group, Cromwell, and the groom owns and operates jmcm communications, llc, a communication consultancy in Cromwell., 30 Apr. 2021 Over all, the chip shortage and other supply chain snarls curtailed production by 1.3 million vehicles in the first three months of the year, according to IHS Markit, a consultancy. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2021 According to a March 2020 report by Frost & Sullivan, a research and strategy consultancy, revenue from femtech is expected to reach $1.1 billion by 2024. Farah Nayeri New York Times, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 But in business the term’s use is broader, explains Bhushan Sethi, a human-resources (HR) expert at PwC, a consultancy. The Economist, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of consultancy

1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consultancy

see consult entry 1

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7 Jun 2021

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“Consultancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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