Definition of consultation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    consultation

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    BrE BrE//ˌkɒnslˈteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnslˈteɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of discussing something with somebody or with a group of people before making a decision about it a consultation document/paper/period/process acting in consultation with all the departments involved The decision was taken after close consultation with local residents. Synonymsdiscussionconversation dialogue talk debate consultation chat gossipThese are all words for an occasion when people talk about something.discussion a detailed conversation about something that is considered to be important:Discussions are still taking place between the two leaders.conversation a talk, usually a private or informal one, involving two people or a small group; the activity of talking in this way:a telephone conversationdialogue conversations in a book, play or film:The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue. A dialogue is also a formal discussion between two groups, especially when they are trying to solve a problem or end a dispute:The President told waiting reporters there had been a constructive dialogue.talk a conversation or discussion, often one about a problem or something important for the people involved:I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.debate a formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in a parliament. In a debate two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue:a debate on prison reformconsultation a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about something:There have been extensive consultations between the two countries.chat a friendly informal conversation; informal talking. The countable use of chat is especially British English:I just called in for a chat about the kids.gossip a conversation about other people and their private lives:We had a good gossip about the boss.Patterns a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​talk/​debate/​consultation/​chat/​gossip about something a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​debate/​consultation on something in (close) discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​debate/​consultation with somebody to have a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​talk/​debate/​consultation/​chat/​gossip with somebody to hold a discussion/​conversation/​debate/​consultation
  2. 2[countable] a formal meeting to discuss something extensive consultations between the two countries Synonymsdiscussionconversation dialogue talk debate consultation chat gossipThese are all words for an occasion when people talk about something.discussion a detailed conversation about something that is considered to be important:Discussions are still taking place between the two leaders.conversation a talk, usually a private or informal one, involving two people or a small group; the activity of talking in this way:a telephone conversationdialogue conversations in a book, play or film:The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue. A dialogue is also a formal discussion between two groups, especially when they are trying to solve a problem or end a dispute:The President told waiting reporters there had been a constructive dialogue.talk a conversation or discussion, often one about a problem or something important for the people involved:I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.debate a formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in a parliament. In a debate two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue:a debate on prison reformconsultation a formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about something:There have been extensive consultations between the two countries.chat a friendly informal conversation; informal talking. The countable use of chat is especially British English:I just called in for a chat about the kids.gossip a conversation about other people and their private lives:We had a good gossip about the boss.Patterns a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​talk/​debate/​consultation/​chat/​gossip about something a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​debate/​consultation on something in (close) discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​debate/​consultation with somebody to have a discussion/​conversation/​dialogue/​talk/​debate/​consultation/​chat/​gossip with somebody to hold a discussion/​conversation/​debate/​consultation
  3. 3[countable] a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment A 30-minute consultation will cost £50. Synonymsinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when somebody is asked for information, opinions or advice.interview a formal meeting at which somebody is asked questions, for example, to see if they are suitable for a particular job or course of study, or in order to find out their opinions about something:a job interviewinterrogation the process of asking somebody a lot of questions, especially in an aggressive way, in order to get information; an occasion on which this is done:He confessed after four days under interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment.Patterns an in-depth interview/​consultation a police interview/​interrogation to have/​request a(n) interview/​audience/​consultation with somebody to give/​grant somebody a(n) interview/​audience/​consultation to carry out/​conduct an interview/​interrogation
  4. 4[uncountable] the act of looking for information in a book, etc. There is a large collection of texts available for consultation on-screen.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin consultatio(n-), from the verb consultare, frequentative of consulere ‘take counsel’. Extra examplesI had a consultation with a dermatologist. The company has promised wide consultation on its expansion plans. The plan was developed in close consultation with the local community. The police chiefs will hold a consultation with all the relevant groups. The practice provides medical consultations for drug addicts. There will be a period of public consultation before a decision is reached. They have taken this decision without any consultation. We need more consultation with the unions. You should seek expert consultation. a consultation between teachers and parents a joint consultation with doctors and patients A consultation period will be required. He has been acting in consultation with all the departments involved. There have been extensive consultations between the two countries.
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