consummate

[ verb kon-suh-meyt; adjective kuhn-suhm-it, kon-suh-mit ]
/ verb ˈkɒn səˌmeɪt; adjective kənˈsʌm ɪt, ˈkɒn sə mɪt /

verb (used with object), con·sum·mat·ed, con·sum·mat·ing.

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.

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. consumer terrorism,
  2. consumerism,
  3. consumerist,
  4. consumerize,
  5. consuming,
  6. consummated,
  7. consummately,
  8. consummation,
  9. consummatory behavior,
  10. consummatory behaviour

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

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Examples from the Web for unconsummated

  • Unconsummated love affairs are perhaps the most poignant and most remembered of all,” Campion argues.

  • 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
  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for unconsummated

unconsummated

/ (ʌnˈkɒnsəˌmeɪtɪd) /

adjective

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

consummate

verb (ˈkɒnsəˌmeɪt) (tr)

to bring to completion or perfection; fulfil
to complete (a marriage) legally by sexual intercourse

adjective (kənˈsʌmɪt, ˈkɒnsəmɪt)

accomplished or supremely skilleda consummate artist
(prenominal) (intensifier)a consummate fool
Derived Formsconsummately, adverbconsummation, nounconsummative or consummatory, adjectiveconsummator, noun

Word Origin for consummate

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

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Word Origin and History for unconsummated
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