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), 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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On July 2, Rick Stanton, a former firefighter, and John Volanthen, an IT consultant, used Unsworth’s maps to reach a chamber more than 2.5 miles from the entrance. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Vilma Barr, an editorial consultant in Philadelphia, was her coauthor. Kevin Riordan,, "A Penn degree was no guarantee for women in the Class of '64," 7 July 2018 Arpaio's standing in that poll, and others, reflects the mood of the larger Republican electorate, said Bert Coleman, an Arizona Republican consultant. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "At 86, Joe Arpaio's Senate run worries GOP voters. His response: Age doesn’t mean anything," 6 July 2018 Instead, Stephens signed on as an independent consultant for Ranieri Partners in 2008. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 And the new order should allow those efforts to continue if the partners agree, says Whit Saumweber, an independent consultant in Washington, D.C. who helped shape ocean policy in the Obama White House. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate," 19 June 2018 The city encourages residents to watch a May 14 City Council presentation that outlines the eight-month community planning process led by its consultant, Barge Design Solutions, and how citizen feedback was incorporated in the plan. David Ibata, ajc, "Milton rebuts ‘myths’ about Providence Park," 14 June 2018 The $8,000 from the town will pay for an outside consultant to design a new crosswalk system and come up with an estimate. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Town Working With DOT On Mill On The River Crosswalk Improvements," 6 June 2018 Tria read law at The Sapienza University of Rome and previously acted as an expert consultant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank and Treasury, according to his CV. Lauren Said-moorhouse And Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Meet the populist players about to take power in Italy," 1 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


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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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