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 Data from consultancy Turner & Townsend suggests that the cost of building data centers has risen in almost every market in recent years, and construction companies are advised to keep costs down. Wired, 3 Aug. 2022 Alphapanda, a film marketing agency founded in 2011, will offer the winner a marketing consultancy and the creation of a pitch deck valued at €3,000 ($3.060). Marta Balaga, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 This is particularly evident in the country's wedding industry, which before the pandemic was worth around $50 billion a year, and second only to the United States, according to a 2017 report by consultancy KPMG. Sujata Assomull, CNN, 1 Aug. 2022 Some arrive still dressed in slacks and flats for their internships at political consultancy or public interest firms. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Before the war, almost three-quarters of Germany’s diesel imports came from Russia, data from the consultancy FGE Energy shows. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 7 May 2022 By another measure, in 2018 the sector produced more than 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas — about 4% of the global total, research from consultancy McKinsey & Company shows. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 22 Apr. 2022 Ling Yeow was the runner-up in season 1 and has gone on to become the co-host of Snackmasters Similar to Yeow, Sarah Tiong has been able to pursue a career in food after studying law and working in risk consultancy. Alicia Vrajlal,, 14 Apr. 2022 CEOs are getting anxious, according to a survey of 3,000 executives from the management consultancy AlixPartners. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Consultancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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