cul·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce culmination (audio) \

Definition of culmination

1 : the action of culminating
2 : culminating position : climax the culmination of a brilliant career the culmination of years of research

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summit, peak, pinnacle, climax, apex, acme, culmination mean the highest point attained or attainable. summit implies the topmost level attainable. at the summit of the Victorian social scene peak suggests the highest among other high points. an artist working at the peak of her powers pinnacle suggests a dizzying and often insecure height. the pinnacle of worldly success climax implies the highest point in an ascending series. the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions apex implies the point where all ascending lines converge. the apex of Dutch culture acme implies a level of quality representing the perfection of a thing. a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty culmination suggests the outcome of a growth or development representing an attained objective. the culmination of years of effort

Examples of culmination in a Sentence

This study is the culmination of years of research. an acting performance that was seen as the culmination of a brilliant career on the stage
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First Known Use of culmination

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for culmination

see culminate

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24 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Culmination.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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