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consult (v.)

"ask advice of, seek the opinion of as a guide to one's own judgment," 1520s, from Middle French consulter (16c.), from Latin consultare "consult, take the advice of," frequentative of consulere "to take counsel, meet and consider," originally probably "to call together," as in consulere senatum "to gather the senate" (to ask for advice), from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + *selere "take, gather (the Senate) together," from PIE root *sal- "to take, seize." Related: Consulted; consulting.

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