I hope I can _____ your experience/wisdom/intuition.

Is how I would like to use it.

What verb could fit here and carry the meaning of, "I hope I can ask you advice informed by your wisdom" for example. "Because of your wisdom, I hope you will grant me your advice."

It seems like "appeal to" almost fits, "query" also almost fits but doesn't have any "seeking advice" connotation (and might sound too interrogative?). For some reason I feel like "defer to" should fit.

  • Are multi-word responses also acceptable? If so, "benefit from," "be enriched by," "depend on." One might even use "enjoy," which can mean not only "take pleasure in" but "benefit from." Dec 9, 2021 at 14:27
  • @AndyBonner I love "depend on", not sure if it's too expectant and/or makes it seem like all the responsibility is in their hands. Dec 9, 2021 at 14:31
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    @AndyBonner Just wondering whether depend on is a bit like thanking someone in advance, puts pressure on the person, conveys expectation by the person asking, or assumes the person has already offered help.
    – DjinTonic
    Dec 9, 2021 at 14:47
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    appeal to is fine. It actually fits.
    – Lambie
    Dec 9, 2021 at 15:47
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    I like defer to just fine. Dec 11, 2021 at 4:01

7 Answers 7


What about


to go to somebody for information or advice



to ask somebody for something, such as support, money or information; to try to get something or persuade somebody to do something

[Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary]

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    "consult" nailed it Dec 9, 2021 at 14:43
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    consult someone's wisdom? That doesn't sound proper, though.
    – user405662
    Dec 9, 2021 at 14:44
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    This does not work: I hope I can consult your wisdom. Dec 9, 2021 at 19:42
  • Unlike „enlist your wisdom“ or „figure (on) your wisdom“ there are actual results on google books for „consult your wisdom“. And the more I read it, the more I like it. Also many examples for „solicit your wisdom“, surprisingly. Dec 9, 2021 at 19:51
  • You can consult a person regarding an issue, and you can consult a tangible information source, such as a dictionary. However, you can't consult an intangible concept like wisdom.
    – zunojeef
    Dec 10, 2021 at 9:16

I hope I can enlist your experience/wisdom/intuition.

enlist (v.)

[With object] Engage (a person or their help or support)

The company enlisted the help of independent consultants Lexico

If you enlist the help of someone, you persuade them to help or support you in doing something.

I had to cut down a tree and enlist the help of seven neighbors to get it out of the yard! Collins

In your case, it is apparent that President Nixon could well enlist your experience, and your influence in Congress, to help rebuild the relationship of confidence and cooperation between President and Congress which should ... letter from Eugene Rostow in US Congress; Nomination of Gerald Ford to be Vice President

I particularly will not enlist your aid in solving my own problems. Harold Rose; Hypnotherapy in Clinical Psychiatry

I would enlist your knowledge, your ideas, in securing for my people... E. Flint and ‎G. Barber; 1636: Mission to the Mughals

... the Committee has long advocated the wisdom of enlisting the assistance of those organizations in effecting the wides possible dissmention of information relating to the process of decolonization. Studies on Developing Countries

For long, technical, or high stakes documents, enlist a partner to help with proofreading. Ashan Hampton ; Proofreading Power

When done by the day, ask how many hours the driver considers a day to be; it might be only three or four. If your Spanish is weak, enlist a desk clerk to help you make the deal. Carl Franz et al.; The People's Guide to Mexico

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    Enlist implies more commitment (or even pushing unwelcome commitment) on the receiving end than consult... Dec 10, 2021 at 21:36
  • @rackandboneman Not necessarily. I've added two examples to illustrate.
    – DjinTonic
    Dec 11, 2021 at 1:24


take (a word or idea) from another language, person, or source and use it in one's own language or work

from Oxford Dictionary of English.

I think idiomatically in this kind of context:

I hope I can borrow your wisdom.

It also means something like "please share with me"/"please help me out"("can I borrow you?").

This word doesn't really mean "ask advice".

  • This is a very British way to ask for help Dec 9, 2021 at 23:52

figure on (someone or something)

To depend or rely on someone or something

I thought we could figure on your help with this event, but I guess not.

We were figuring on that tax refund to help get us through the next month.

[The Free Dictionary]

  • That is very American-English rather than British-Englih I think. Also, it sounds like a colloquialism? Dec 9, 2021 at 23:52
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    It might be regional; it's not a phrase that I (an American) am familiar with at all.
    – David Z
    Dec 10, 2021 at 3:31
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    I have rarely heard this used. I think count on is a more common expression in this context.
    – jxh
    Dec 10, 2021 at 7:23
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    I live in the Midwestern US. I would understand this but it does sound casual and unprofessional, which may not be desired. Dec 11, 2021 at 6:56
  • I agree with you all that it's rather anusaar uncommon phrase. count on or bank on are the more common expressions one uses.
    – user405662
    Dec 11, 2021 at 7:07

I hope I can _____ your experience/wisdom/intuition.

A less formal word I don't see mentioned yet would be "tap". It's usually employed as access to a reservoir of liquid but is reasonably colloquial to work as a reference to reservoirs of experience/wisdom/intuition. In this context it also serves as a deferential term since it usually applies to large reservoirs.


How about 'leverage on your experience'? Not sure your can say that. Can anyone tell me, please? Thank you.

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  • Welcome to the site! The question seems to be asking for a single-word answer. I guess “leverage” might fit in some contexts, although I would probably say “use” or “utilize,” but these words have a broader meaning.
    – Davislor
    Dec 10, 2021 at 7:28
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    I also would use leverage with a direct object, not say “leverage on,” in American English.
    – Davislor
    Dec 10, 2021 at 7:31

Confer with someone also works.

to discuss something important in order to make a decision

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