con·​sum·​ma·​tion ˌkän-sə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce consummation (audio)
: the act of consummating
the consummation of a contract by mutual signature
specifically : the consummating of a marriage
: the ultimate end : finish

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
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of consummation was in the 14th century

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“Consummation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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