- 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
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Examples from the Web for consummate
If it sounds as though Scott is a consummate politician, skilled at avoiding controversy, think again.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
Like Biden, Klain is a consummate fixer, with Georgetown and Harvard Law School degrees thrown in for good measure.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden
October 21, 2014
David, the consummate suitor, naturally pulled out all the stops to woo his lady love.Victoria and David Beckham Celebrate Their 15th Wedding Anniversary
July 3, 2014
First-time candidate and full-time economics professor Dave Brat decisively defeated the consummate pol by a 55 to 45 margin.Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor
June 11, 2014
The monarch, the consummate PR, the head of the nation, had been supremely outplayed on her home territory.
Larry la Roche had been a counterfeiter and was a consummate penman.Way of the Lawless
Langdon was a consummate trainer, a student of horse character.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He has conducted the thing with consummate skill—has not made a mistake yet.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
These difficulties were too obvious to create any embarrassment to so consummate a deceiver.Imogen
He was a consummate master in the art of skating—that was evident.The First Violin
- to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
- to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse
- accomplished or supremely skilleda consummate artist
- (prenominal) (intensifier)a consummate fool
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.