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 consultantship (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 On the second day there, Royal Viking Line hired me as a cruise consultant. Rosemary Barnhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "I’m Traveling More in My 70s Than I Did In My 20s," 12 Feb. 2020 Williams said the consultant’s review was wide-ranging and thorough, and that its findings would be shared with an environmental advisory committee at the courthouse. Brian Macquarrie,, "Illnesses spark concerns about workplace hazards at Springfield courthouse," 4 Feb. 2020 Orange has recently expanded its business to act as a consultant for producers and financiers, advising on acquisitions, packaging, production and funding of indie feature films. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mediapro Studio Hires Orange Entertainment for Global Expansion," 4 Feb. 2020 The normally below-the-radar building permit consultant came under scrutiny by the FBI last week amid wire fraud allegations against Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. Roland Li,, "Nuru allegations, FBI raid shines light on SF building veteran," 1 Feb. 2020 The consultant submitted the highest-scoring proposals of 13 received for each project, according to a staff report to commissioners. David Ibata, ajc, "Cherokee County orders traffic studies of 2 corridors," 26 Jan. 2020 His firm serves as the advertising consultant to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Las Vegas updating its classic "What happens here, stays here" slogan," 24 Jan. 2020 The consultant cannot be anyone who is an employee of Hacienda or has been an employee in the last 24 months. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Hacienda HealthCare will keep Medicaid contract, settlement says," 15 Jan. 2020 Melanie Bates, another board member, said the consultant hired by the district already completed a third-party review. Dan Horn,, "CPS, city near impasse with multi-million dollar agreement on incentives days from expiration," 20 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Consultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of consultant

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

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