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To carry into completion; to fulfill; to accomplish.

A Common-Law Marriage is consummated when the parties live in a manner intended to bring about public recognition of their relationship as Husband and Wife.

To consummate an agreement is to carry it out completely, as in a consummated sale. It is to bring to completion whatever was either intended or undertaken to be done.


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, do thoroughly, effect, effectuate, end, execute, finalize, finish, follow through, fulfill, implement, leave nothing to be desired, perficere, prosecute to a conclusion, reach the goal, render complete, terminate, to bring to completion
Associated concepts: consummate dower, consummation of a marriage, consummation of an agreement, constructive service
Foreign phrases: Omne testamentum morte consummatum est.Every will is consummated by death.
See also: abandon, absolute, accomplish, adhere to, arrant, attain, cease, close, commit, complete, comprehensive, conclude, culminate, definite, definitive, discharge, discontinue, dispatch, finish, fulfill, ideal, implement, mature, outright, perfect, perform, perpetrate, realize, ripe, sterling, superlative, terminate, thorough, transact, unlimited, unqualified

CONSUMMATE. What is completed. A right is said to be initiate, when it is not complete; and when it is perfected, it is consummated.

References in classic literature ?
England needs tranquillity at home, in order to consummate the expulsion of her king; France needs tranquillity to establish on solid foundations the throne of her young monarch.
Among the Osages, says Captain Bonneville, when a warrior falls in battle, his comrades, though they may have fought with consummate valor, and won a glorious victory, will leave their arms upon the field of battle, and returning home with dejected countenances, will halt without the encampment, and wait until the relatives of the slain come forth and invite them to mingle again with their people.
Dominic and I had been talking business together aft, and Cesar had sneaked up behind us to listen, for, amongst his other perfections, he was a consummate eavesdropper and spy.
His father must have been a most consummate villain, ever to have such a son.
The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become, until he goes abroad.
Herself a consummate coquette, she could not have maneuvered better on meeting a man she wished to attract.
Daylight was certainly exceeding himself in his consummate fun-making.
Never was there a more consummate love-making, with all the base intent of betrayal, than this cavalier seduction of Michael by the elderly, six-quart ship's steward.
Each of the inn servants of whom I inquired made it a matter of partisanship, and backed his favorite coach with the most consummate assurance.
He gave me time to steady myself under the blow; and then he placed his vast experience, his matured and consummate knowledge, at my disposal.