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[verb kon-suh-meyt; adjective kuhn-suhm-it, kon-suh-mit]
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verb (used with object), con·sum·mat·ed, con·sum·mat·ing.
  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.
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  1. complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb: a consummate master of the violin.
  2. being of the highest or most extreme degree: a work of consummate skill; an act of consummate savagery.
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Origin of consummate

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 formscon·sum·mate·ly, adverbcon·sum·ma·tive, con·sum·ma·to·ry [kuhn-suhm-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsʌm əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivecon·sum·ma·tor, nounhalf-con·sum·mat·ed, adjectiveun·con·sum·mate, adjectiveun·con·sum·mate·ly, adverbun·con·sum·mat·ed, adjectiveun·con·sum·ma·tive, adjective


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  • Larry la Roche had been a counterfeiter and was a consummate penman.

  • Langdon was a consummate trainer, a student of horse character.


    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.


    William Godwin

  • He was a consummate master in the art of skating—that was evident.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for consummate


verb (ˈkɒnsəˌmeɪt) (tr)
  1. to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
  2. to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse
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adjective (kənˈsʌmɪt, ˈkɒnsəmɪt)
  1. accomplished or supremely skilleda consummate artist
  2. (prenominal) (intensifier)a consummate fool
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Derived Formsconsummately, adverbconsummation, nounconsummative or consummatory, adjectiveconsummator, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin consummāre to complete, from summus highest, utmost
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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.

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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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