Definition of consummate in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /ˈkänsəˌmāt//ˈkɑnsəˌmeɪt/
  • 1Make (a marriage or relationship) complete by having sexual intercourse.

    ‘they did not consumate their marriage until months after it took place’
    • ‘As for Louis XVI, it seems he, too, found himself unable to consummate his marriage to his Austrian wife, Marie Antoinette.’
    • ‘She talks about how she loves Romeo so much, and how she is waiting to consummate their marriage.’
    • ‘Fearing the consequences of consummating his relationship with Nancy, his much-younger ward, Edward sends her to join her father in India.’
    • ‘We met at a conference on industrial competitiveness and no, we never consummated our relationship sexually.’
    • ‘Annulment is normally allowed where the marriage was shown to be unlawful, or where it is agreed that marriage has not been consummated.’
    • ‘That first night I was so nervous - it was so special it was like consummating our marriage all over again.’
    • ‘After their relationship is consummated, the corrupted Beatrice Joanna becomes aware of the contradiction between her outward persona and her secret life of sin.’
    • ‘In fact, we have never consummated the relationship; we have only kissed and held each other!’
    • ‘My new sweetie and I recently consummated our relationship, and all seemed to be going well… until Sweetie dropped a bombshell while driving me home last night.’
    • ‘We did share the same bedroom in this country and our marriage was consummated.’
    • ‘The first time she refused to consummate the marriage because she wanted to finish the play she was acting in.’
    • ‘Her case has grounds for appeal: since her marriage was never consummated, her relationship with her boyfriend Dauda ought not to be considered adultery.’
    • ‘She consummated her sexual relationship with Jake and she described that in glowing terms.’
    • ‘It shall be no offence for you to divorce your wives before the marriage is consummated or the dowry is settled.’
    • ‘The lovers repeatedly attempt to consummate their relationship.’
    • ‘New friends could be made, relationships develop, marriages be consummated and children born, all in an atmosphere of frigid hostility in case anyone tried to push into the queue.’
    • ‘In the case of a divorce before the marriage is consummated, a wife is only entitled to one half of the marriage portion.’
    • ‘When after eight years, Gustav finally managed to consummate his marriage and make his wife pregnant, his mother announced that someone else must have been the father.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recently, we decided to consummate our relationship.’
    1. 1.1 Complete (a transaction or attempt); make perfect.
      ‘his scheme of colonization was consummated through bloodshed’
      • ‘She was enchanted with it, and the next year, Cartier came to Washington D.C. and consummated the sale of it to Evalyn.’
      • ‘The Web began to be used to promote and consummate business and consumer transactions.’
      • ‘Resulting trade imbalances are not generally outwardly problematic in interstate trading - since transactions are consummated in the same currency.’
      • ‘That is to say it was never consummated through proper state-agency channels.’
      • ‘Most software until 1970 was included free of charge by the hardware maker (namely IBM) to consummate the hardware sale.’
      • ‘We expect that the transaction could be consummated within six to eight weeks of the execution of definitive transaction documentation.’
      • ‘If the merger is consummated, Colonial Holdlings will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Gameco and will no longer be a public company.’
      • ‘The likelihood of brokering or consummating a transaction increases dramatically when a company can reach the customer first.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The company has confirmed that the sale was consummated.’
      • ‘He has not been charged with Internet theft because none of the transactions was consummated online.’
      • ‘Nelson took the customer's credit-card number to consummate the transaction.’
      • ‘When the bid price reaches the ask price, a sale is consummated.’
      • ‘When Rocky received this somewhat exaggerated and highly unfavorable profile of them he assigned three of his heaviest hitters to consummate the transaction.’
      • ‘Stock market capitalization is an important benchmark, because many cyber-deals are consummated through an exchange of shares.’
      • ‘Households and businesses readily use Credit to consummate transactions, with traditional money playing a small and declining role.’
      • ‘The deal was negotiated secretly, and the company's board argued that the deal should be kept from going forward because consummating the sale of the holding company was an abuse of Black's loyalty to the company.’
      • ‘The sale was consummated and Danny now had one very big five-seat aircraft.’
      • ‘The point to take from Wood's hypothetical is that the sale was consummated on value, not price, and the successful vendor has gained the trust and respect of the customer for delivering far more than some new hardware.’
      • ‘The relationship between a seller and a customer begins before a sale is made, is consummated at the time of the sale, and is likely to intensify as the relationship evolves and becomes embedded.’
      complete, conclude, finish, accomplish, achieve
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Pronunciation /ˈkänsəmət//ˈkɑnsəmət/
  • Showing a high degree of skill and flair; complete or perfect.

    ‘she dressed with consummate elegance’
    • ‘Through his consummate technical skill and artistic vision, Botticelli brings this heroic progress brilliantly and miraculously to life.’
    • ‘How can he recover as the consummate talent he is?’
    • ‘Eddie, who graced many hurling fields with his consummate skills in the 1960s and 70s, is truly one of the hurling ‘greats’ and a fine gentleman too.’
    • ‘At any rate, Ekeus cannot have it both ways: Kamel cannot be both ‘a consummate liar’ and a prime witness at the same time.’
    • ‘Ditzy PA's, lads, louts, and starlets, John Ullyatt and John Kirkpatrick portrayed them all with aplomb, heart, and consummate skill.’
    • ‘A better PM, with the persuasive skills which a consummate politician should have could have at his command, evolved a consensus.’
    • ‘But he does, as well as a range of other noises which he throws in with consummate elegance and wit.’
    • ‘He used his talents for the smoke-filled room to head a minority government with consummate political skill.’
    • ‘All played the instrument with the most consummate skill.’
    • ‘Forster, who has always written fiction with the consummate skills of a social historian, says that diaries often explode the concept of ‘ordinariness’.’
    • ‘Watt's debt to Ingres is clear in the subtle handling of tonal shifts, depiction of lush designs and, not least, her consummate skill with oils.’
    • ‘In concert Glenn Tilbrook is that rare breed of consummate musician, ultimate professional and all-round fun guy.’
    • ‘Nixon was a consummate liar, but he was by no means alone for he was operating on the belief that very different standards of morality apply to those in power.’
    • ‘He's a consummate politician, skilled at spinning his own legends.’
    • ‘They are the consummate show band, highly skilled musicians with theatrical flair, and their live shows are sure to be an explosive and unforgettable experience.’
    • ‘This all-popular group comprises three gifted artistes, Rene, Julot and Lolo, who are not only consummate performers but also perfectionists as acrobats.’
    • ‘The whirlwind paced action inherently requires meticulous timing and control, which the cast display with consummate verve and flair.’
    • ‘The Mughal artists were superb craftsmen and their draughtsmanship and use of colour showed consummate skill.’
    • ‘The performances in one of his earliest plays, are as you would expect, very polished and played with consummate ease.’
    • ‘He took great and justifiable pride in his trucking skills and was recognized as the consummate professional by his peers.’
    perfect, exemplary, supreme, ultimate, faultless, quintessential
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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’.