Can we use the word consult with unanimated objects.
- You need to consult a dictionary
- Please consult the works of Douglas Howard before trying it out
- One should consult the book by Adam Fist before making such suggestions
In your use of
it has the meaning of
In your example,
I don't know the meaning of that word, I will have to consult my dictionary.
is appropriate and understandable usage but a formalistic/stuffy way of expressing
I don't know the meaning of that word, I will have to look it up in my dictionary.