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consummate - verb

To bring to completion, to fulfill; to complete an arrangement or an undertaking, as in to consummate the deal; to complete a marital union through sexual intercourse.


Highly skilled, superb, as in a consummate musician; of the highest degree, as in an act of consummate loyalty.

Here was the consummate "good German" who dared criticize Hitler's racist policies to his face. But on another occasion, late in the war, she held her tongue and was "nearly sick" after returning in 1938 to Nazi Germany and discovering the horrors of Kristallnacht, the nationwide pogrom of German Jews the year before Hitler began World War II.

—Halton Adler Mann Letter to the Editor Washington Post, April 3, 1994

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