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Definition of "culminate" [cul•mi•nate]

  • To reach the highest point or degree; climax: habitual antagonism that culminated in open hostility. (verb-intransitive)
  • To come to completion; end: Years of waiting culminated in a tearful reunion. (verb-intransitive)
  • Astronomy To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon. Used of stars and other celestial bodies. (verb-intransitive)
  • To bring to the point of greatest intensity or to completion; climax: The ceremony culminated a long week of preparation. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "culminate" in a sentence
  • ""What this will do - and I hate to use the word culminate - but this will culminate in a strategic plan and then go into an implementation phase."
  • "Stalls for the thirty-eight-member choir face the congregation, and vaulted ceilings culminate in a magnificent triangular stained glass window—the only artwork in sight."
  • "By the way, I'm delighted that similar public-engagement strategies will be broadly leveraged during the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which will culminate October 23-24 with an expo on the National Mall."