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consummate

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adjective con·sum·mate \ˈkän(t)-sə-mət, kən-ˈsə-mət\

Simple Definition of consummate

  • : very good or skillful

  • : very bad

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consummate

  1. 1 :  complete in every detail :  perfect

  2. 2 :  extremely skilled and accomplished <a consummate liar> <a consummate professional>

  3. 3 :  of the highest degree <consummate skill> <consummate cruelty>

consummately

adverb

Examples of consummate in a sentence

  1. “How dare you!” Natalie screamed, in consummate frustration … —Joseph Wambaugh, The Black Marble, l978

  2. … Berg, the consummate schmoozer, was the perfect spy for the job. —Dick Teresi, New York Times Book Review, 24 July 1994

  3. To thrive in science, you must be both a consummate collaborator and a relentless competitor. —Natalie Angier, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 1988

  4. The rest of his life (he lived for a few more years) was one great consummate silence. —R. K. Narayan, “Under the Banyan Tree,” in The Story and Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, 1987

  5. He plays the piano with consummate skill.

  6. <consummate cabinetmakers, they produced desks and chests of drawers that are now regarded as masterpieces of American furniture>



Origin and Etymology of consummate

Middle English consummat fulfilled, from Latin consummatus, past participle of consummare to sum up, finish, from com- + summa sum


First Known Use: 1527


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consummate

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verb con·sum·mate \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌmāt\

Simple Definition of consummate

  • : to make (a marriage or romantic relationship) complete by having sex

  • : to make (something) perfect or complete

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of consummate

consummated

consummating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  finish, complete <consummate a business deal> b :  to make perfect c :  achieve

  3. 2 :  to make (marital union) complete by sexual intercourse <consummate a marriage>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become perfected

consummative

play \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌmā-tiv, kən-ˈsə-mə-tiv\ adjective

consummator

play \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌmāt-ər\ noun

Examples of consummate in a sentence

  1. In part she had loved him for that, loved the tender understanding with which he had acquiesced to her wish not to consummate their relationship out of wedlock. —Dorothy West, The Wedding, 1995

  2. Once the sale was consummated, a thorough housecleaning took place in the advertising department … —Brendan Gill, New York Times Book Review, 4 Oct. 1987

  3. By prolonging the suspense and terror, he was needlessly delaying the reconciliation he himself was yearning so dearly to consummate. —Joseph Heller, God Knows, 1984

  4. The bargaining process went on for a few days, but the deal was never consummated.

  5. Their happiness was consummated when their son was born.



Origin and Etymology of consummate

(see 1consummate)


First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with consummate

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