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"consult" in British English

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consultverb

uk   us   /kənˈsʌlt/
C1 [T] to get ​information or ​advice from a ​person, ​book, etc. with ​specialknowledge on a ​particularsubject: If the ​symptoms get ​worse, consult ​yourdoctor. I'm not ​quitesure how to get there - I'd ​better consult a ​map.C1 [I or T] to ​discuss something with someone before you make a ​decision: Why didn't you consult me about this? This ​afternoon the ​president was consulting with his ​advisers.

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

"consult" in American English

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consultverb [T]

 us   /kənˈsʌlt/
to get ​information or ​advice from a ​person, esp. an ​expert, or to ​look at written ​material in ​order to get ​information: [T] If you don’t ​know the ​meaning of a word, consult a ​dictionary. To consult is also to ​inform someone about a ​situation, often in ​order to get ​approval for an ​action you ​plan to take: [T] The ​committee will consult ​people in the ​neighborhood before making a ​recommendation.
consultative
adjective  /kənˈsʌl·tə·t̬ɪv, ˈkɑn·səlˌteɪ·t̬ɪv/
It's just a consultative ​meeting, so nothing will be ​decided.
(Definition of consult from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"consult" in Business English

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consultverb

uk   us   /kənˈsʌlt/
[T] to get ​information or ​advice from a ​person, ​book, etc. with ​specialknowledge on a particular ​subject: consult a lawyer/solicitor/accountant, etc. Because ​investors' ​state and ​localtaxes may be different than the ​federaltaxes described above, ​investors should consult their own ​taxadvisors. We consulted the committee's ​report for ​advice on how to ​proceed.
[I or T] to discuss something with someone before you make a decision: They will consult ​customers on what precisely they want.consult with sb The Chief Financial Officer told him that it ​slowed her down to have to consult with the ​board of ​directors.
(Definition of consult from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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