consummate

[v. kon-suh-meyt; adj. kuhn-suhm-it, kon-suh-mit]
verb (used with object), consummated, consummating.
1.
to bring to a state of perfection; fulfill.
2.
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.
3.
to complete (the union of a marriage) by the first marital sexual intercourse.
adjective
4.
complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb: a consummate master of the violin.
5.
being of the highest or most extreme degree: a work of consummate skill; an act of consummate savagery.

Origin:
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

consummately, adverb
consummative, consummatory [kuhn-suhm-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
consummator, noun
half-consummated, adjective
unconsummate, adjective
unconsummately, adverb
unconsummated, adjective
unconsummative, adjective


1. complete, perfect, finish, accomplish, achieve.


4. imperfect, unfinished.
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consummate
 
vb
1.  to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
2.  to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse
 
adj
3.  accomplished or supremely skilled: a consummate artist
4.  (prenominal) (intensifier): a consummate fool
 
[C15: from Latin consummāre to complete, from summus highest, utmost]
 
con'summately
 
adv
 
consum'mation
 
n
 
'consummative
 
adj
 
con'summatory
 
adj
 
'consummator
 
n

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consummate
c.1430, from L. consummatus "perfected, complete," pp. of consummare (see consummation). Of persons, "accomplished, very qualified," from 1640s. Related: Consummately (1610s).

consummate
1520s, "to bring to completion," from L. consummat-, pp. stem of consummare "to sum up, make up, complete, finish" (see consummation). Meaning "to bring a marriage to completion" (by sexual intercourse) is from 1530s.

consummated
1640s, "perfected," pp. adj. from consummate (v.). Of marriage, from 1709; earlier consummate (adj.) was used in this sense (c.1530).
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Example sentences
Even if he was arrested and convicted, you don't know if this was a regular
  habit or a one-off which was never consummated.
The purpose of a clearinghouse is to guarantee that a trade is consummated.
Soon, they were gazing into the breeding shed as one of the afternoon's quick
  dates was consummated.
Despite the fact that it was consummated in the back of a van.
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