Definition of consummate in English:


Syllabification: con·sum·mate


Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəˌmāt
[with object]
  • 1Make (a marriage or relationship) complete by having sexual intercourse: his first wife refused to consummate their marriage
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    • This uncertainty created a situation where some couples had spent time together, spoken of marriage, and perhaps consummated the relationship sexually, only to find that their parents refused to allow the match.
    • Her case has grounds for appeal: since her marriage was never consummated, her relationship with her boyfriend Dauda ought not to be considered adultery.
    • That first night I was so nervous - it was so special it was like consummating our marriage all over again.
  • 1.1Complete (a transaction or attempt); make perfect: his scheme of colonization was consummated through bloodshed
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    • As power availability rises and falls within regions, and as demand for additional capacity ebbs and flows, adjustments are made across the board; transactions are consummated, and money is both made and saved.
    • He has not been charged with Internet theft because none of the transactions was consummated online.
    • Households and businesses readily use Credit to consummate transactions, with traditional money playing a small and declining role.
    complete, conclude, finish, accomplish, achieve; execute, carry out, perform
    informal sew up, wrap up
    formal effectuate


Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəmət
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Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəmətlē/
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  • The book takes us backstage during the performance, and shows us a consummately complex man, urbane, mercurial, bitter, funny and, again, bitter.
  • Real-world economic activities are consummately simulated as complex flows of information.
  • I can't imagine a better choice of cuisine for the season; hot, hearty, and consummately filling, it's the perfect antidote to the deep freeze outside.


Pronunciation: /ˈkänsəˌmātər/
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  • The basic question is not when the consummation will be but who will be the consummator.
  • Biotech companies themselves became more frequent consummators of partnerships with other biotechs.
  • After all, theology's main object of study is the living God, creator, redeemer, and consummator of the world.


late Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'completed, accomplished'): from Latin consummat- 'brought to completion', from the verb consummare, from con- 'altogether' + summa 'sum total', feminine of summus 'highest, supreme'.

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