KJV Dictionary Definition: consult


CONSULT, v.i. L., to consult, to ask counsel.

1. To seek the opinion or advice of another by, by a statement of facts, and suitable inquiries, for the purpose of directing ones own judgment; followed by with.

Rehoboam consulted with the old men. 1 Kings 12.

David consulted with the captains of thousands. 1 Chronicles 13.

2. To take counsel together; to seek opinions and advice by mutual statements, enquiries and reasonings; to deliberate in common.

The chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus to death. John 12.

3. To consider with deliberation. Luke 14.


1. To ask advice of; to seek the opinion of another, as a guide to ones own judgment; as, to consult a friend or parent.

2. To seek information, or facts, in something; as by examining books or papers, Thus, I consulted several authors on the subject; I consulted the official documents.

3. To regard; to have reference or respect to, in judging or acting; to decide or to act in favor of. We are to consult the necessities, rather than the pleasures of life. We are to consult public as well as private interest. He consulted his own safety in flight.

Ere fancy you consult, consult your purse.

4. To plan, devise or contrive.

Thou hast consulted shame to thy house, by cutting off many people. Habakkuk 2. This sense is unusual and not to be countenanced.

CONSULT, n. The act of consulting; the effect of consultation; determination; a council, or deliberating assembly. This word is, I believe, entirely obsolete, except in poetry. It would be naturally accented on the first syllable, but the poets accent the last.



1. The act of consulting; deliberation of two or more persons, with a view to some decision.

The chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes. Mark 15.

2. The persons who consult together; a number of persons seeking mutually each others opinions and advice; a council for deliberation; as, a consultation of physicians was called.

Writ of consultation, in law, a writ awarded by a superior court, to return a cause, which had been removed by prohibition from the court Christian, to its original jurisdiction; so called because the judges on consultation find the prohibition ill founded.


CONSULTATIVE, a. Having the privilege of consulting.


CONSULTED, pp. Asked; enquired of, for opinion or advice; regarded.


CONSULTER, n. One who consults, or asks counsel or information; as a consulter with familiar spirits. Deuteronomy 18.


CONSULTING, ppr. Asking advice; seeking information; deliberating and enquiring mutually; regarding.