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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Gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel are stored in 35 tanks with a capacity of more than 26 million gallons, according to a report by a consultant who studied the terminal's potential move for the city. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A 60-year-old fuel terminal could leave Boise’s Bench. Here’s what could replace it.," 11 July 2018 The revelation was included in a sixth report on the Department of Child Services, which was released in June by a consultant hired by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "Indiana House speaker 'disturbed' DCS failed to act on past reports," 3 July 2018 David said two temporary noise monitors, which will cost the airport $25,000 each, will be installed to help in an investigation being conducted by a consultant hired by the airport. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Hollywood Burbank Airport plays it safe with next fiscal year budget," 20 June 2018 The rate hike, part of Entergy’s system-wide base rate increase totalling $16.7 million across the system, will be investigated by consultants to determine the best course of action for residents. Marialuisa Rincon, Houston Chronicle, "Shenandoah News & Notes: June 13," 14 June 2018 Apopka's water system assessment, performed by a consultant for a $20,000 fee, was prompted by complaints from customers upset about erratic swings in their water bills, which possibly were related to malfunctioning meters. Stephen Hudak,, "Apopka cuts water loss with new 'smart' meters as part of $4.6 million upgrade," 11 June 2018 Ariana Delgado greets customers in the lobby at Trulieve, where customers wait to be seen by a patient consultant. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "As marijuana dispensaries open their doors, Florida registers 5,400 new users per week," 1 June 2018 The current demand for cybersecurity workers is outpacing supply by so much that by 2022, North America will have 265,000 more data-security jobs than skilled workers, a 2017 report by consultants Frost & Sullivan projected. ... John Simons, WSJ, "It’s a Good Time to Find a Cybersecurity Job," 29 May 2018 The feasibility report for New Bremen by the village’s TIF consultant, Ehlers & Associates, points out that the area is in need of sanitary sewer and storm sewer upgrades. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "New TIF district for downtown Tinley Park," 21 May 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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