follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

consummate

[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.
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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),
adjective
consummator, noun
half-consummated, adjective
unconsummate, adjective
unconsummately, adverb
unconsummated, adjective
unconsummative, adjective
Synonyms
1. complete, perfect, finish, accomplish, achieve.
Antonyms
4. imperfect, unfinished.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un consummative

consummate

verb (transitive) (ˈkɒnsəˌmeɪt)
1.
to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
2.
to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse
adjective (kənˈsʌmɪt; ˈkɒnsəmɪt)
3.
accomplished or supremely skilled a consummate artist
4.
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un consummative
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for consummate

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends