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[v. kon-suh-meyt; adj. kuh n-suhm-it, kon-suh-mit] /v. ˈkɒn səˌmeɪt; adj. kənˈsʌm ɪt, ˈkɒn sə mɪt/
verb (used with object), consummated, consummating.
to bring to a state of perfection; fulfill.
to complete (an arrangement, agreement, or the like) by a pledge or the signing of a contract:
The company consummated its deal to buy a smaller firm.
to complete (the union of a marriage) by the first marital sexual intercourse.
complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb:
a consummate master of the violin.
being of the highest or most extreme degree:
a work of consummate skill; an act of consummate savagery.
Origin of consummate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin consummātus (past participle of consummāre to complete, bring to perfection), equivalent to con- con- + summ(a) sum + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
consummately, adverb
consummative, consummatory
[kuh n-suhm-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsʌm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
consummator, noun
half-consummated, adjective
unconsummate, adjective
unconsummately, adverb
unconsummated, adjective
unconsummative, adjective
1. complete, perfect, finish, accomplish, achieve.
4. imperfect, unfinished. Unabridged
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  • He probably would imagine himself safe and so be in no haste to consummate his vile plan of enjoying his helpless victim.

    In the Shadow of the Hills George C. Shedd
  • He has conducted the thing with consummate skill—has not made a mistake yet.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • A change in the state of society works this miracle, and a few generations suffice to consummate it.

  • Kaiser William, however, played his cards with consummate skill.

  • It appeared tremendously difficult to consummate; it had developed far beyond his expectation, his original conception.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for consummate


verb (transitive) (ˈkɒnsəˌmeɪt)
to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse
adjective (kənˈsʌmɪt; ˈkɒnsəmɪt)
accomplished or supremely skilled: a consummate artist
(prenominal) (intensifier): a consummate fool
Derived Forms
consummately, adverb
consummation, noun
consummative, consummatory, adjective
consummator, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consummāre to complete, from summus highest, utmost
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Word Origin and History for consummate

mid-15c., from Latin consummatus "perfected, complete," past participle of consummare "sum up, complete" (see consummation). Of persons, "accomplished, very qualified," from 1640s. Related: Consummately.


1520s, "to bring to completion," from Latin consummatus, past participle of consummare "to sum up, make up, complete, finish" (see consummation). Meaning "to bring a marriage to completion" (by sexual intercourse) is from 1530s. Related: Consummated; consummating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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