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Definition of consort verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

consort

 verb
verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they consort
BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrt//
 
he / she / it consorts
BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrts//
 
past simple consorted
BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle consorted
BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form consorting
BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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BrE BrE//kənˈsɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɔːrt//
 
[intransitive] consort with somebody (formal) to spend time with somebody that other people do not approve of He is known to have consorted with prostitutes.
Word Originverb late Middle English (denoting a companion or colleague): via French from Latin consors ‘sharing, partner’, from con- ‘together with’ + sors, sort- ‘lot, destiny’. The verb senses are probably influenced by similar senses (now obsolete) of the verb sort.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: consort

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