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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consultantship \ kən-​ˈsəl-​tᵊnt-​ˌship How to pronounce consultantship (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web That’s about the same as the undergraduate enrollment at the University of Utah, which has a Title IX coordinator, three deputies and eight consultants in its equal opportunity office. NBC News, "K-12 schools keep mishandling sexual assault complaints. Will new Title IX regulations help?," 25 May 2020 Trumble is an environmental engineer with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy's Dam Safety Unit, inspecting dams himself or reviewing outside consultants' inspection reports from dams. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's dam safety unit: 2 staff for entire state, a supervisor, and $397K," 24 May 2020 The settlement wraps up a probe that started more than two years ago, scrutinizing the ties between Evans and businesses that employed him as a lawyer or consultant. Washington Post, "Former D.C. Council member Jack Evans fined $35,000 by ethics board as voters weigh returning him to office," 22 May 2020 Hardesty endorsed nonprofit and political consultant Julia DeGraw in the primary race for Fish’s seat. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty endorses Dan Ryan over Loretta Smith in City Council runoff," 21 May 2020 Ridpath is also intrigued by an even more radical proposal from Beebe, who, since his exit from the Big 12, has had some time to mull things over while running a crisis consultant group. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "College athletics could be improved by some big-time reforms. Is the coronavirus pandemic a tipping point?," 21 May 2020 The cyclone could have devastating consequences for India's fight against the coronavirus by impacting supply lines and crippling relief measures, said T. Sundaramanan, a health systems consultant in Pondicherry in southeast India. The Christian Science Monitor, "Millions in India, Bangladesh head for safety amid cyclone, virus," 20 May 2020 Masada Siegel is journalist and a crisis communications consultant. Masada Siegel, CNN, "Preschoolers and the pandemic: practical ways to keep them learning," 17 May 2020 If a campaign consultant has told his circle of friends about an upcoming bass-fishing trip, the GRU will package its malware in an email offering discounts on bass-fishing gear. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The 2016 Election Was Just a Dry Run," 11 May 2020

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First Known Use of consultant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consultant was in 1697

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28 May 2020

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“Consultant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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