con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəl-tᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio) \

Definition of consultant

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

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consultantship \ kən-​ˈsəl-​tᵊnt-​ˌship How to pronounce consultant (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In 2009 an outside consultant hired by the state found that 2,763 short-term movie jobs had the same economic impact as merely 254 full-time, yearlong jobs. Pat Garofalo And Michael Lafaive, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Most purchase contracts don't take much money to maintain the position, and real money has to be spent only when a plane is ready, said Adam Pilarski, an aviation consultant with Avitas of Virginia. NBC News, 3 June 2021 Their behavior left many who worked for or with them feeling bullied, belittled and afraid, those people told an outside consultant hired to look into the bureau’s workplace culture. oregonlive, 20 May 2021 Julie Zhu is an experienced marketing consultant based in NYC. Ellevate, Forbes, 18 May 2021 The house was still in the family, and the rural landscape had always been a spiritual touchstone to the city kid, who went on to build a successful career as an information technology consultant. Andrew Kornylak, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 Mindy Teplitskiy, an independent consultant who lives in Orange County, knows the challenges that having few spots can bring. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021 At the same time, Jones was restless for a career change of her own after leaving behind a job as an organizational design consultant for the federal government. Christina Tkacik,, 7 May 2021 The bill cited by Wright’s campaign as a tax increase was an existing tax on rental cars and the vote was necessary to alleviate confusion on how it was collected, an Ellzey campaign consultant said. Dallas News, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consultant was in 1697

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“Consultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce consultant (audio) \

Kids Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services


con·​sul·​tant | \ kən-ˈsəlt-ᵊnt How to pronounce consultant (audio) \

Medical Definition of consultant

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


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