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

Example Sentences

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 One way to think about January 6th is as the consummation, in real time, of a tumultuous shift between two distinct eras of conservatism. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2022 Miller may be best known for his Mad Max movies, but his career has traversed genre, and in some ways, Three Thousand Years feels like a consummation of certain strands in his career. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 Aug. 2022 The journey ends with no consummation of his desire, no reclaiming of his home. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 The letter continued: Twitter is required to provide data and information that Mr. Musk requests in connection with the consummation of the transaction. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 6 June 2022 The search for consummation, for an ending, only seemed to create the necessity for beginning again. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The second half of Season 6, Episode 7’s title, meanwhile, not only referred to the consummation of Jimmy and Kim’s scam to undermine the Sandpiper mediation. Andy Meek, BGR, 24 May 2022 The garter and bouquet tosses stem from the practice of whisking newlyweds straight from the altar to the consummation bed. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 Milan Kundera once said that all great love stories begin and end outside of consummation. Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Consummation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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