From con- and perhaps Proto-Indo-European *sel- (“to take, grab”). Confer with cōnsul and cōnsilium. Cognate with English sell, sale.
cōnsulō (present infinitive cōnsulere, perfect active cōnsuluī, supine cōnsultum); third conjugation
- (transitive) I consult, seek counsel from, take counsel from.
27 BCE – 25 BCE
, Titus Livius
, Ab urbe condita libri 26.1
- Cn. Fuluius Centumalus P. Sulpicius Galba consules cum idibus Martiis magistratum inissent, senatu in Capitolium uocato, de re publica, de administratione belli, de prouinciis exercitibusque patres consuluerunt.
- When the consuls Gnaeus Fulvius Centumalus and Publius Sulpicius Galba took up the magistracy on the Ides of March, they summoned the senate to the Capitoline Hill and consulted the senators on issues regarding the state, the handling of the war, the provinces and the armies.
- I deliberate.
- (intransitive) I reflect, take thought, think things over.
- (transitive, intransitive, followed by the accusative or with de) I reflect upon, deliberate over, think (something) over.
- I give thought to, have regard for.
- (intransitive, followed by the dative) I look after the interests of, take care of (someone).
- (intransitive, followed by the dative) I am mindful of, pay attention to (someone's safety, life; dignity, reputation, etc.)
- Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume III, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 899
- consulo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- consulo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- consulo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- to take care of one's health: valetudini consulere, operam dare
- to take measures for one's safety; to look after one's own interests: saluti suae consulere, prospicere
- to take measures for one's safety; to look after one's own interests: suis rebus or sibi consulere
- to look after, guard a person's interests, welfare: rationibus alicuius prospicere or consulere (opp. officere, obstare, adversari)
- to have regard for one's good name: famae servire, consulere
- to consult an oracle: oraculum consulere
- to consult the Sibylline books: libros Sibyllinos adire, consulere, inspicere
- to further the public interests: rei publicae rationibus or simply rei publicae consulere
- to be careful of one's dignity: dignitati suae servire, consulere
- to consult the senators on a matter: patres (senatum) consulere de aliqua re (Sall. Iug. 28)
- to deal severely with a person: graviter consulere in aliquem (Liv. 8. 13)
- (ambiguous) the augurs announce an unfavourable sign: augures obnuntiant (consuli) (Phil. 2. 33. 83)
- (ambiguous) let the consuls take measures for the protection of the state: videant or dent operam consules, ne quid res publica detrimenti capiat (Catil. 1. 2. 4)
- (ambiguous) to go to Cilicia as pro-consul: pro consule in Ciliciam proficisci