Definition of culminate
1 of a celestial body : to reach its highest altitude During the summer solstice, the sun culminates over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere.; also : to be directly overhead
2a : to rise to or form a summit … enormous waves culminated and fell with the report of thunder. — Frederick Marryatb : to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point Her long acting career culminated when she won the Oscar.
: to bring to a head or to the highest point The contract culminated weeks of negotiations.
Examples of culminate in a Sentence
A bitter feud culminated months of tension.
culminated the school year with a trip to New York
Recent Examples of culminate from the Web
The pomp was one of the highlights of year-long celebrations culminating Dec. 6 — the day Finland’s Parliament declared independence from Russia in 1917.
The days will begin to get shorter following the solstice, culminating in the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice on Dec. 21 at 10:27 a.m. CST.
After requests from Germany, Mutlu and Alparslan Surucu were eventually arrested by the Turkish authorities and brought to Istanbul in early 2016 — a case that culminated in their second acquittal on Tuesday.
Services are being held at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and will culminate with services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Since his family bought the Cubs in 2009, Ricketts presided over a makeover of the organization that culminated in a World Series championship in November.
With adequate funding, culminating in a multicenter, phase III, registrational trial, these studies can be completed without further delay.
After those initial flights are completed, DARPA wants to launch the XS-1 10 times in 10 days, culminating with a flight carrying the upper-stage satellite delivery system.
Hundreds of wine lovers will mingle with pinot noir producers from around the world in a series of dinners, seminars and tastings, culminating in a fabulous outdoor salmon bake.
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Did You Know?
Culminate was first used in English in the 17th century, in the field of astronomy. When a star or other heavenly body culminates, it reaches the point at which it is highest above the horizon from the vantage point of an observer on the ground. The word derives from the past participle of the Medieval Latin verb culminare, meaning "to crown," and ultimately from the Latin noun culmen, meaning "top." As something culminates it rises toward a peak. These days the word is most familiar to English speakers in its figurative usage, meaning "to reach a climactic or decisive point."
CULMINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of culminate for English Language Learners
: to reach the end or the final result of something
: to be the end or final result of (something)
CULMINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of culminate for Students
: to reach the end or the final result of Her campaign culminated with a victory.
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