tr.v. con·sum·mat·ed, con·sum·mat·ing, con·sum·mates
a. To bring to completion or fruition; conclude: consummate a business transaction.
b. To realize or achieve; fulfill: a dream that was finally consummated with the publication of her first book.
a. To complete (a marriage) with the first act of sexual intercourse after the ceremony.
b. To fulfill (a sexual desire or attraction) especially by intercourse.
adj. (kən-sŭmĭt, kŏnsə-mət)
1. Complete or perfect in every respect: consummate happiness. See Synonyms at perfect.
2. Supremely accomplished or skilled: "Sargent was now a consummate master of brushwork" (Roberta Smith).
3. Complete; utter: a consummate bore.
[Middle English consummaten, from Latin cōnsummāre, cōnsummāt- : com-, com- + summa, sum; see SUM.]
con·summate·ly (kən-sŭmĭt-lē) adv.
consum·ma′tive, con·summa·to′ry (-sŭmə-tôr′ē) adj.
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