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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 of consummate
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.
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  • Loving each other as men and women love but once in a lifetime, their love was destined to be for ever unconsummated.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler
  • The lovers, now that in an aery body they must sorrow for unconsummated love, are 'tangled up as the grass patterns are tangled.'

  • They came waking and crowding to fill out the measure of his unconsummated passion, and they had all one face and one likeness.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for unconsummated

unconsummated

/ʌnˈkɒnsəˌmeɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(of a marriage, relationship, etc) not having been consummated

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
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Word Origin and History for unconsummated

consummate

adj.

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.

v.

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.

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