consummate

adjective
con·​sum·​mate | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-mət How to pronounce consummate (audio) , kən-ˈsə-mət How to pronounce consummate (audio) \

Definition of consummate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : extremely skilled and accomplished a consummate liar a consummate professional
2 : of the highest degree consummate skill consummate cruelty
3 : complete in every detail : perfect a consummate model of a clipper ship

consummate

verb
con·​sum·​mate | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌmāt How to pronounce consummate (audio) \
consummated; consummating

Definition of consummate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make (marital union) complete by sexual intercourse consummate a marriage
2a : finish, complete consummate a business deal
b : to make perfect
c : achieve … his desire of consummating victory and revenge made him cautious …— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Other Words from consummate

Adjective

consummately adverb

Verb

consummative \ ˈkän(t)-​sə-​ˌmā-​tiv How to pronounce consummate (audio) , kən-​ˈsə-​mə-​tiv How to pronounce consummate (audio) \ adjective
consummator \ ˈkän(t)-​sə-​ˌmāt-​ər How to pronounce consummate (audio) \ noun

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Adjective

Consummate, which derives from the Latin verb consummare (meaning "to sum up" or "to finish"), has been used as an adjective in English since the 15th century. Some usage commentators feel the word is overused and others think it should be limited to the "perfect" sense (as in "a consummate little model of a clipper ship"), but neither of those positions is more than an opinion. All of the senses of the word are well-established and have served careful writers well for many, many years.

Examples of consummate in a Sentence

Adjective … Berg, the consummate schmoozer, was the perfect spy for the job. — Dick Teresi, New York Times Book Review, 24 July 1994 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 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 Charters1987 "How dare you!" Natalie screamed, in consummate frustration … — Joseph Wambaugh, The Black Marble, 1978 He plays the piano with consummate skill. consummate cabinetmakers, they produced desks and chests of drawers that are now regarded as masterpieces of American furniture Verb 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 Once the sale was consummated, a thorough housecleaning took place in the advertising department … — Brendan Gill, New York Times Book Review, 4 Oct. 1987 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 The bargaining process went on for a few days, but the deal was never consummated. Their happiness was consummated when their son was born. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Just a bit peppering the rock between two guys who've been here before and are warming up like consummate professionals. Dan Carson, Chron, 14 Sep. 2022 From Natalie’s powerful contralto to the lush orchestrations to the ethereal piano, this is a work of consummate songcraft. Daniel De Visé, SPIN, 13 Sep. 2022 Another theory is that legumes might be consummate nitrogen-fixers because something in their genome predisposes them to building nodules. Matt Simon, WIRED, 30 Aug. 2022 Bill was the ultimate winner and consummate teammate, and his influence on the NBA will be felt forever. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 July 2022 Bill was the ultimate winner and consummate teammate, and his influence on the NBA will be felt forever. Jimmy Golen, Chron, 31 July 2022 Bill was the ultimate winner and consummate teammate, and his influence on the NBA will be felt forever. Jimmy Golen, oregonlive, 31 July 2022 Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, a substitute for rum, though unmoving alone, makes a consummate not-rum and Coke. Tamar Adler, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2022 Their consummate musicality throughout the entire work made this an unforgettable experience. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because of the investigations, Digital World has asked its shareholders to approve more time to consummate the deal, which had been slated to close September 6. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 26 Sep. 2022 Twitter sued Musk on July 12 in the Delaware Court of Chancery, seeking to force the world’s richest individual to consummate his binding pact to acquire the company. Todd Spangler, Variety, 22 Aug. 2022 Twitter has since sued to force Musk to consummate the deal, and a trial in the Delaware Chancery Court has been set for October. Peter Vercoe, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2022 His actions — and tweets — will be considered by the court in deciding whether to force him to consummate the deal, according to Iman Anabtawi, professor at UCLA School of Law. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Those probes have delayed the merger, which in turn prompted DWAC to ask its shareholders for more time to consummate the deal. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 6 Sep. 2022 On July 12, Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk, seeking to force the world’s richest person to consummate his $44 billion acquisition deal for the company. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 On July 12, Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk, seeking to force the world’s richest person to consummate his $44 billion acquisition deal for the company. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Aug. 2022 In advance of the trial, set for October despite Musk's attempts to push it back to 2023, Elon Musk is apparently preparing for the worst-case scenario of being forced to consummate the deal. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consummate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consummate

Adjective and Verb

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

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“Consummate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consummate. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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