(a relationship)
   to copulate
   Originally, to accomplish to the full:
    I have had to learn self-control. She has refused to consummate our relationship. (Townsend, 1982)
   Consummation is one of the essential ingredients of Christian marriage, in default of which a British or Vatican court, among others, may grant an annulment. To consummate your desires implies copulation, usually of men but:
    ... there is a house in Regent Street, I am told, where ladies, both married and unmarried, go in order to... consummate their libidinous desires. (Mayhew, 1862)

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  • consummate — adj Consummate, finished, accomplished are comparable when meaning brought to completion or perfection. Their distinctions lie chiefly in the degree of perfection, in the means by which this perfection is attained, and, at times, in their… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • consummate — I verb accomplish, achieve, actualize, attain, attain the goal, bring to a close, bring to effect, carry into effect, carry out, carry through, carry to completion, complete, conclude, conficere, consummare, do thoroughly, effect, effectuate, end …   Law dictionary

  • Consummate — Con*sum mate (k[o^]n*s[u^]m m[asl]t), a. [L. consummatus, p. p. or consummare to accomplish, sum up; con + summa sum. See {Sum}.] Carried to the utmost extent or degree; of the highest quality; complete; perfect. A man of perfect and consummate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consummate — [kän′sə mit, kən sum′it; ] for v. [ kän′sə māt΄] adj. [L consummatus, pp. of consummare, to sum up, finish < com , together + summa,SUM] 1. complete or perfect in every way; supreme [consummate happiness] 2. very skillful; highly expert [a… …   English World dictionary

  • Consummate — Con sum*mate (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a]t or k[o^]n*s[u^]m m[=a]t; 277), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Consummated} (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Consummating} (k[o^]n s[u^]m*m[=a] t[i^]ng).] To bring to completion; to raise to the highest point …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • consummate — [adj] ultimate, best able, absolute, accomplished, complete, conspicuous, downright, faultless, finished, flawless, gifted, ideal, impeccable, inimitable, matchless, out and out*, peerless, perfect, perfected, polished, positive, practiced, ripe …   New thesaurus

  • consummate — is pronounced kon syuh mayt, with the stress on the first syllable, as a verb and kǝn sum ǝt, with the stress on the second syllable as an adjective (meaning ‘complete, perfect’) …   Modern English usage

  • consummate — ► VERB 1) make (a marriage or relationship) complete by having sexual intercourse. 2) complete (a transaction). ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing great skill and flair. DERIVATIVES consummately adverb consummation noun consummator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • consummate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English consummat fulfilled, from Latin consummatus, past participle of consummare to sum up, finish, from com + summa sum Date: 1527 1. complete in every detail ; perfect 2. extremely skilled and accomplished < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • consummate — con|sum|mate1 [kənˈsʌmıt, ˈkɔsəmıt US ˈkansəmıt] adj [only before noun] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of consummare to sum up, finish , from com ( COM ) + summa sum ] 1.) showing a lot of skill ▪ a great performance… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • consummate — consummates, consummating, consummated (The adjective is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nsʌmət[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nsəmeɪt[/t]].) 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use consummate to describe someone who is extremely skilful. [FORMAL] He acted the… …   English dictionary

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