con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt \

Definition of consultant

1 : one who consults another
2 : one who gives professional advice or services : expert

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Other Words from consultant

consultantship \ kən-​ˈsəl-​tᵊnt-​ˌship \ noun

Synonyms for consultant


adviser (also advisor), consigliere, counsel, counselor (or counsellor)

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Examples of consultant in a Sentence

They've hired a computer consultant to assess how the company can upgrade its system. a consultant in public relations to a number of large corporations

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In the course of the investigation, the prosecutors have contacted companies that hired Cohen as a consultant after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, including Novartis (NVS), but have not interviewed company employees, the paper says. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Bristol cancer drug is approved in China; Teva gets a headache over migraine trial flops," 15 June 2018 Those circumstances led to a second career as a consultant on TV crime procedurals and the occasional, discrete freelance job helping the police with difficult cases. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Word Is Murder' is Anthony Horowitz at his ambitious best," 15 June 2018 With the money, the group hired consultants from architecture, design and urban planning firms. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 2018 Painter served as a consultant to Caltrans during the later stages of the process, though the design was done by other firms. John King,, "Michael Painter, who conceived Presidio Parkway to replace SF’s Doyle Drive, dies," 5 July 2018 Nuts & bolts Owner: Mark Huffine is a Certified Public Accountant and is employed as a financial consultant. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Blast from the past: This Glenmary home is a collector's paradise," 28 June 2018 Virtually no one, of course, expected much support from Brockhouse, who once worked as a consultant for the fire union and is widely expected to challenge Nirenberg in May. Others are unsettled on the issue for less obvious reasons. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Mayor trying to rope in council to oppose amendments," 28 June 2018 Regarded as one of the top organizing experts in Japan, Kondo, who moved on to teach consultants her unique approach, wrote a guide on her category-by-category method. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Marie Kondo's Massive Net Worth Proves That It Pays to Keep a Tidy House," 16 Jan. 2019 Two stints at Valentino, one at Ermenegildo Zegna, another at Cerruti, and finally a consultant role alongside Haider Ackermann during his brief but beautiful Berluti chapter prefaced the launch at Pitti Uomo tonight of his own namesake label. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Valentino and Berluti Alum Aldo Maria Camillo Goes Solo in Florence," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services to companies for a fee
British : a hospital doctor of the highest rank who is an expert in a particular area of medicine


con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt \

Kids Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services


con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəlt-ᵊnt \

Medical Definition of consultant

: one (as a physician, surgeon, or psychologist) called in for professional advice or services

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