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From Latin cōnsummātus, past participle of cōnsummāre (to sum up, finish, complete), from com- (together) + summa (the sum) (see sum, summation).


  • (UK) enPR: kŏn'səmət, kŏn'syo͝omət, kənsŭm'ĭt, IPA(key): /ˈkɒnsəmət/, /ˈkɒnsjʊmət/, /kənˈsʌmɪt/
  • (US) enPR: kŏn'səmət, kənsŭm'ĭt, IPA(key): /ˈkɑnsəmət/, /kənˈsʌmɪt/
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  • (UK) enPR: kŏn'səmāt, kŏn'syo͝omāt, IPA(key): /ˈkɒnsəmeɪt/, /ˈkɒnsjʊmeɪt/
  • (US) enPR: kŏn'səmāt, IPA(key): /ˈkɑnsəmeɪt/
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consummate (comparative more consummate, superlative most consummate)

  1. Complete in every detail, perfect, absolute.
    Synonyms: absolute, complete, perfect, sheer, total, utter; see also Thesaurus:total
  2. Highly skilled and experienced; fully qualified.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:skilled
    a consummate sergeant
    • 1910, Lionel Giles (translator), The Art of War, Section IV (originally by Sun Tzu)
      The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, []  ; thus it is in his power to control success.

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consummate (third-person singular simple present consummates, present participle consummating, simple past and past participle consummated)

  1. (transitive) To bring (a task, project, goal etc.) to completion; to accomplish.
    Synonyms: complete, finish, round off; see also Thesaurus:end
    • 1921, James Truslow Adams, The Founding of New England, chapter III:
      Although it was agreed by all that discovery must be consummated by possession and use, []
    • 1922, Joris-Karl Huysmans, chapter X, in Havelock Ellis, transl., Against the Grain, translation of À rebours:
      In one word, in perfumery the artist completes and consummates the original natural odour, which he cuts, so to speak, and mounts as a jeweller improves and brings out the water of a precious stone.
  2. (transitive) To make perfect, achieve, give the finishing touch.
    Synonyms: complete, perfect, top off
  3. (transitive) To make (a marriage) complete by engaging in first sexual intercourse.
    the marriage was never consummated
    After the reception, he escorted her to the honeymoon suite to consummate their marriage.
    • 1890, Giovanni Boccaccio, “part 10”, in James MacMullen Rigg, transl., The Decameron, volume 2:
      [] in the essay which he made the very first night to serve her so as to consummate the marriage he made a false move, []
  4. (intransitive) To become perfected, receive the finishing touch.
    Synonyms: come to a head, mature, ripe

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of cōnsummō