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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HereAfter was co-founded by Sonia Talati, who calls herself a personal legacy consultant, and James Vlahos, a California journalist and conversational-AI designer who is best known for creating a software program called the Dadbot. Peter Holley, Anchorage Daily News, "Virtual afterlife: ‘Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father’," 30 Aug. 2019 Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant and former staff director of the House Oversight Census Subcommittee, noted the trouble three years ago in Australia’s initial online census. Bill Lambrecht,, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 30 Aug. 2019 Brennan is a retired construction consultant and has served on the Burbank Building and Fire Codes Appeal Board. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Burbank Infrastructure Oversight Board meets for first time," 23 Aug. 2019 Jim Weatherson, who is vacating the role, will remain at the label during the transition and then act as consultant and synergy agent. Annie Reuter, Billboard, "Clay Hunnicutt Named GM of Big Machine Records," 12 Aug. 2019 Twenty Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved the hiring of green waste consultant at the cost of $10,820 to help bring the city into compliance with state mandates. Carol Cormaci, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada History: Local wins javelin throw at 2009 Summer National Senior Games," 29 July 2019 The board based its decision on long term forecasts of returns on its portfolio from investment consultants and the system’s actuary, which ranged between 6.64% and 7.32%., "Oregon’s public pension board stands pat on its key investment assumption," 27 July 2019 But most of the money ended up lining the pockets of the PAC’s fundraising firm and political consultants. Derek Willis, ProPublica, "Political Operatives Got Donors to Give Millions. The Money Wasn’t Used As Promised. Here’s How They Did It.," 26 July 2019 After his retirement, Kraft served as an aerospace consultant and was chairman of a panel in the mid-1990s looking for a cheaper way to manage the shuttle program. Time, "Chris Kraft, NASA's First Flight Director, Dies at 95," 23 July 2019

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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


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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