Learner's definition of CONSULTATION
1 [count] : a meeting in which someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) talks to a person about a problem, question, etc.
Many accountants offer a free consultation before charging for their work.
After a series of consultations with doctors, a date for the operation was set.
2 : a discussion about something that is being decided
The town decided to close the park without any consultation with town residents.
After consultation with the judge, lawyers decided to drop the case.
The book was chosen in consultation with [=after consulting] a panel of experts.
a consultation period/process
3 : the act of looking for information in a book, on a map, etc.