con·​sum·​ma·​tion | \ ˌkän-sə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce consummation (audio) \

Definition of consummation

1 : the act of consummating the consummation of a contract by mutual signature specifically : the consummating of a marriage
2 : the ultimate end : finish

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Examples of consummation in a Sentence

the signing of the contract marked the consummation of six months of negotiations the opening of the performing arts center brought to consummation years of planning
Recent Examples on the Web The confidential meeting of the lovers in the tussle of bodies at the Capulet shindig, the hesitant first touch of their fingers and, later, the urgent consummation — none of this is surprising. New York Times, "‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer," 30 Apr. 2021 The murder of Francis Dolarhyde (played by Richard Armitage) is the consummation in some ways. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "In Conversation: Mads Mikkelsen," 20 Apr. 2021 Now France, host to the accord’s 2015 consummation, and other countries are eager to welcome the United States back into the fold under a President Biden. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, "A talk with France’s ambassador: On Biden, climate accord and restoring allies’ trust," 14 Dec. 2020 Capitalism was run as a national utility, and democracy found its consummation as an essential management apparatus. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, "The Silenced Majority," 24 Nov. 2020 One of the two Roald Dahl adaptations turns its kids into mice and back again for a conventionally happy ending that betrays the book’s darkness, while the other portrays permanent mousehood as a pretty good consummation after all. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Witches’ Review: Beguiling Time Shift, Cursed Effects," 22 Oct. 2020 But the deal’s consummation is uncertain, with Oracle and ByteDance spinning different explanations of TikTok Global’s ownership structure. Naman Ramachandran,, "TikTok rallies Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to regulate harmful content," 22 Sep. 2020 As the consummation of Fiat Chrysler’s merger with Peugeot owner PSA Group approaches, the Italian-American car maker is again trying to revive the fortunes of Maserati. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Fiat Chrysler Looks to Maserati to Jump-Start Stalled European Business," 10 Sep. 2020 Alvarez anticipates leads to fiscal responsibility and away from ceaseless spending, that’s a consummation devoutly to be wished. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Will college football happen this fall? Administrators still wrestling with COVID-19 concerns," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of consummation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2021

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“Consummation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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