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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Cruiskeen is a mostly one-person operation that sometimes uses freelance consultants, according to its website. Jack Gillum And Jeff Kao, Ars Technica, "File-sharing software on state election servers could expose them to intruders," 5 Nov. 2018 And in the 26th District just south of Parkland, Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a nonprofit consultant, will take on incumbent Republican Representative Carlos Curbelo, who has a record of being critical of the President. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Florida's Wait for a Woman Governor Continues, but Diversity Still Wins," 29 Aug. 2018 Shortly after the 2016 election, Novartis chief executive Joe Jimenez was looking for a consultant to help understand how the Trump administration would approach health policy. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "Novartis needed a consultant. Over dinner, the CEO’s friend called Trump’s lawyer," 13 July 2018 But while reviewing options with interim Village Manager Marc Huber, officials determined the accounting services could be obtained through a consultant. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville saves money by hiring accounting consultant," 13 July 2018 The settlement limits Milwaukee's costs and fees for a consultant required as part of the deal to about $1.5 million. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signs off on $3.4 million settlement in ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit," 13 July 2018 In a story leaked to Forbes, Schnatter used the n-word in a recent business meeting with a consultant. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: Fresh Justice for Emmett Till?," 12 July 2018 The applicants who will meet with the board are: Kellie Capps, St. Charles, a consultant at Higher Education Consulting and president of the St. Charles Education Foundation Board. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Six of 14 applicants to be interviewed to fill Gaffney's D303 board seat," 6 July 2018 While architects are given deadlines to meet, the district has no way to enforce them, said Rob Corbin, a consultant with CBRE Heery, a company the district hired to manage the bond projects. Scott Travis,, "School district told to level with taxpayers about bond projects," 30 June 2018

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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

: 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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