consultant

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The city’s insurer, the Florida League of Cities, hired a consultant to handle the negotiations with the hackers via the email addresses that had been posted on the city server. Frances Robles, New York Times, "A City Paid a Hefty Ransom to Hackers. But Its Pains Are Far From Over.," 7 July 2019 The city’s insurer, the Florida League of Cities, hired a consultant to handle the negotiations with the hackers via the e-mail addresses that had been posted on the city server. Frances Robles, BostonGlobe.com, "They paid nearly a half million in ransom. Where’s the data?," 6 July 2019 Early this year, the city hired a Georgia consultant to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent successor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Longtime City Hall staffer may become San Diego auditor after national search," 6 July 2019 Apex Hides the Hurt is centered around a community that hires a consultant to potentially rename their town. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "How Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Colson Whitehead Finds Inspiration for His Books," 27 June 2019 Industrial real-estate consultants and economists said workplace basics can still be critical factors in deciding whether to take a job. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Warehouse Design Steals a Page From Tech Playbook," 25 June 2019 In September, the Rosemount City Council hired a consultant to study the necessity of a center and how it could be funded. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Rosemount Recreation Center plan gets positive response so far," 22 June 2019 Though city spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown told the Associated Press there is no guarantee the city’s records will be returned after the hackers collect, outside security consultants said paying the ransom was the best course of action. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Florida city will pay hackers $600,000 to get its computer systems back," 20 June 2019 The bank will hire a third-party consultant to assess their fair lending risk management program. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "First Merchants Bank announces DOJ settlement of redlining allegations," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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consultant

noun

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

consultant

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

Kids Definition of consultant

: a person who gives professional advice or services

consultant

noun
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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