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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That is the charity allegedly used to funnel money from wealthy parents who hired William Rick Singer, the college consultant at the center of the case that has ensnared... Melissa Korn, WSJ, "On Campus, the Fallout From the College Admissions Scandal," 15 Mar. 2019 The fashion consultant Caroline Issa asked for a Spring 2015 gown, and Jenna Lyons, the J.Crew guru turned soon-to-be television personality, selected a Spring 2014 blazer. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Altuzarra Is 10! To Celebrate, the Designer Is Reissuing His Friends’ Favorite Archival Pieces," 7 Jan. 2019 Annie also will enjoy newlywed life, after tying the knot to management consultant Marc Albu last year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'The Wife' Star Glenn Close and Her Daughter, Annie Starke, Avoided Each Other on Set," 24 Feb. 2019 Working with her partner and high school friend fashion consultant Kat Mendenhall, Ratajkowski also drew on memories of lazy days spent at the beach as a teenager. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Wants You to Wear Her New Underwear Collection to the Bodega," 6 Feb. 2019 The most correct term for those folks would be consultants. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Declassifying Lots of Info About What's in Orbit," 13 Dec. 2018 In the course of the investigation, the prosecutors have contacted companies that hired Cohen as a consultant after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, including Novartis (NVS), but have not interviewed company employees, the paper says. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Bristol cancer drug is approved in China; Teva gets a headache over migraine trial flops," 15 June 2018 Those circumstances led to a second career as a consultant on TV crime procedurals and the occasional, discrete freelance job helping the police with difficult cases. Erik Spanberg, The Christian Science Monitor, "'The Word Is Murder' is Anthony Horowitz at his ambitious best," 15 June 2018 With the money, the group hired consultants from architecture, design and urban planning firms. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Transfers at Husky Stadium station were ‘horrendous,’ for some users, so U District community devised a plan for its future stop," 15 Oct. 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
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


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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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