con·​sul·​tan·​cy | \kən-ˈsəl-tᵊn(t)-sē \
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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Eliot Lees, vice president at ICF International, a transportation consultancy, who’s worked with both LaGuardia and JFK, says the upgrades will go a long way toward making the airports more customer friendly. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Industrywide, the figure would top 4.5 billion pounds, ($6 billion) according to automotive consultancy AutoAnalysis., "Rolls Royce adds to Brexit alarm sounded by UK manufacturers," 5 July 2018 An audit of the system by RTI International, a consultancy hired by CMS, found that Medicare saved $554 million in hospital spending in the study’s first three years. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Mixed reviews for Maryland's unique hospital payment system," 6 Apr. 2018 The figures have been compiled from the European Union's Lobbying Transparency Register, which records that in 2016 Google directly spent €5.5 million ($6.5 million) to try and influence policy decisions through at least eight consultancy firms. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Music Chiefs Slam Google Lobbying Spend Ahead Of EU Copyright Vote," 3 July 2018 Designed by Abbott Miller, of the international design consultancy Pentagram , the logo was set to get its first public presentation Thursday night during a lecture by Miller at the ICA. Mark Feeney,, "The ICA is getting a new logo," 31 May 2018 At the moment the north-east of England has relatively few schools in the independent sector, notes Susan Hamlyn, director of the Good Schools Guide education consultancy. The Economist, "Can a £52-a-week private school work in the rich world?," 10 May 2018 The social network has faced questions on both sides of the Atlantic over how millions of users' details got into the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, and over its wider handling of personal data. NBC News, "UK lawmakers prepared to summon Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook data scandal," 1 May 2018 Benjamin Attia of Wood Mackenzie, an energy consultancy, says that, depending on how quickly the price falls encourage an uptake of solar in new markets, this could be the first year since 2000 that the global solar industry stalls. The Economist, "Can the solar industry survive without subsidies?," 14 June 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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: a company that gives professional advice to other companies for a fee : a consulting company

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