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

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Antitax sentiment powered California’s Proposition 13 vote in 1978 to restrain property taxes and found its consummation in the election of Reagan to the White House in 1980. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Democrats Take Aim at the Reagan Tax Revolution," 15 Feb. 2019 Everything leads to consummation, or at least an attempt at it. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Saoirse Ronan is sexually inexperienced newlywed in 'On Chesil Beach'," 24 May 2018 That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Confederate Memorial Day: when multiple states celebrate treason in defense of slavery," 23 Apr. 2018 There were two gorgeous dresses and three hot consummations, plus a cliffhanger, several heart-to-hearts, and Brooke Shields getting attacked by a wolf on live TV. Steven Strogatz, The New Yorker, "“Jane the Virgin” Is Not a Guilty Pleasure," 6 Mar. 2018 Many of Grande’s songs are about self-actualization, and the unashamed consummation of certain lustful desires. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "A Soft and Vulnerable Moment at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Concert, Destroyed by Terror," 23 May 2017 When Peipei refused to accept any solution but a consummation of her love, her grandfather had to summon Mr. Wu through a secretary. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "A Small Flame," 8 May 2017

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First Known Use of consummation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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