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consummate

[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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adjective
  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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  • 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

  • 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.'


British Dictionary definitions for unconsummated

unconsummated

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

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consummate

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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