Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

consultation - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun consultation pronunciation in British English /ˌkɒns(ə)lˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
Word Forms
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [uncountable] discussion between people or groups before they make a decision
    a consultation process/period
    consultation with: We can go ahead only after consultation with the management.
    in consultation with someone (=after discussion and agreement with someone): Any decision to send in troops will be in consultation with Parliament.
    1. a.
      [countable] a meeting in which people or groups have a discussion before decisions are made
      consultation with: The CEO has agreed to hold consultations with the staff over this matter.
  2. 2
    [countable] a meeting with an expert or a professional person to get advice or discuss a problem, especially a meeting with a doctor
    consultation with: She has a consultation with the psychologist at 3.00 pm today.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the process of getting advice from an expert or a professional person
      Seven other specialists were available for consultation.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog