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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Other Words from consultant

consultantship \ kən-​ˈsəl-​tᵊnt-​ˌship How to pronounce consultantship (audio) \ 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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Mounting tensions between Handy and the city’s police unions in 2017 prompted city officials to hire a consultant to gather employee perspectives on the department’s strengths and limitations. Priscella Vega,, "Huntington Beach adopts $381.2-million budget, with large chunk dedicated to public safety," 4 June 2019 That expectation came courtesy of a news release sent to reporters by the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, a civil rights activist and political consultant for hire. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona Rep. Stringer talks after controversial immigration comments on 'white kids'," 27 June 2018 The DDA Board is funding $200,557 for the program and to hire the professional security consultants, according to DDA executive director Laura Simon. Kari Barnett,, "Safety ambassadors return to downtown Delray Beach," 12 June 2018 Also, Tencel fibers are biodegradable and compostable; however, Good Housekeeping’s environmental consultant explains that this isn’t necessarily a best practice because any dyes and finishes from the fabric would end up in the soil along with it. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Tencel Fabric," 23 May 2019 Victoria Scott-Lang is a consultant dermatologist for Firstderm, and is based in Dubai. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Meet the Seventeen Beauty Awards Experts," 17 May 2019 The show's historical consultant confirmed this news to Town & Country. Glamour, "Everything We Know So Far About The Crown Season 3," 9 Apr. 2019 She's been there just over a year, and, before that, spent 16 years as a senior director at brand consultant agency Interbrand, working with clients like American Express, L'Oréal, and J.P. Morgan. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 An aspiring sports agent and a former consultant for Adidas AG were found guilty of bribery charges Wednesday, in a scheme to pay college basketball coaches to steer star players to sign with a fledgling sports-management company. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Mixed Verdict in College Basketball Bribery Scheme," 8 May 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 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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