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verb     consult pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconsulting
past tenseconsulted
past participleconsulted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to ask for information or advice from someone who has special knowledge about a particular subject

    Before going on a diet, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

    consult someone about something:

    Mr. Bell said he had consulted his attorney about the matter.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to discuss something with someone, or to get their permission before you make a decision
    consult with someone:

    We will be consulting with representatives from several different industries.

    consult someone about something:

    Why wasn’t I consulted about this?

  3. 3
    [transitive] to look in a book or at a map or list in order to find information

    Consult the train schedule to see when the last train leaves.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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