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
Recent Examples on the Web Wednesday’s Capitol rampage was the culmination of the energy that the Tea Party movement unleashed 12 years ago. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Capitol riot culminated 12 years of Tea Party resentment," 7 Jan. 2021 The campaign is the culmination of years of walkouts, petitions and public discussions about race, ethics and other issues, and marks a rare effort to organize a major U.S. tech company. Tony Barboza Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: The post-holiday surge is afoot," 6 Jan. 2021 The Fiesta Bowl is the culmination of what coach Matt Campbell has built during five seasons in Ames. Mark Heim |, al, "Iowa State-Oregon live stream (1/2): How to watch Fiesta Bowl online, TV, time," 2 Jan. 2021 The Fiesta Bowl is the culmination of what coach Matt Campbell has built during five seasons in Ames. John Marshall, ajc, "No. 12 Iowa State to face No. 25 Oregon in Fiesta Bowl," 1 Jan. 2021 These ceremonies take on extra significance for students at historically black colleges and universities because, for many, that day is the culmination of a multi-generational struggle. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Looking to 2021 with 4 North Texans whose common sense and grace inspired me in this wheels-off year," 28 Dec. 2020 This was the culmination of a speedy political reversal in Gwinnett. James C. Cobb, Fortune, "Why a key Georgia country flipped from red to blue—and what it means for Democrats," 27 Dec. 2020 That was the culmination of a really special time in our lives. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Tayshia Adams Clears Up All Your Questions About the Bachelorette Finale," 23 Dec. 2020 Buying a place in New York City was the culmination of of a lifelong ambition for Kevin and the final product is a home that evokes his personal style at every turn. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Take a tour of Kevin Love’s TriBeCa home (video)," 22 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Culmination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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