- 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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- 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 consummatory
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.