Meaning of “consort” in the English Dictionary

"consort" in British English

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consortverb [ I + adv/prep ]

uk /kənˈsɔːt/ us /kənˈsɔːrt/

to spend a lot of time in the company of a particular group of people, especially people whose character is not approved of:

They claimed he had been consorting with drug dealers.

consortnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.sɔːt/ us /ˈkɑːn.sɔːrt/

a wife or husband, especially of a ruler

(Definition of “consort” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"consort" in American English

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consortverb [ I ]

us /kənˈsɔrt/ usually disapproving

to spend time in the company of particular people:

She warned him against consorting with suspicious characters.

(Definition of “consort” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)