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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The culmination of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second day in Morocco is a formal reception hosted by the British ambassador. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Stuns in a Bespoke Dior Gown in Morocco," 24 Feb. 2019 The physical office is the culmination of an effort to stand up the unit that began in January 2017. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Trump admin creates new office to investigate citizenship fraud," 13 June 2018 Quentin’s death is a culmination of so many of The Magicians’ most salient themes, an emotional apex that only this quirky, ambitious show could pull off. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""The Magicians" Finale Just Pulled Off Its Most Heart-wrenching Risk Yet," 18 Apr. 2019 The center is the culmination of nearly 13 years of planning and $141 million in funding, so the blocks-long party with food trucks galore was a long time coming. Samantha Brooks, Vogue, "Everyone From Mayor Eric Garcetti to Shangela Came Out to the Opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood," 10 Apr. 2019 The culmination of Paris Fashion Week marks the end of a 27-day marathon of straight-off-the-plane, back-to-back shows, fittings, and events, that leave little, if any, time for a good night's sleep. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "These 7 Model Skin Tricks for Tired Eyes are Better Than Concealer," 3 Oct. 2018 Solar eclipses signify new beginnings, but interestingly, this lunation corresponds with a culmination, as well. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 In essence, the song is the culmination of these experiences, searching for validation and connection while exploring my sexuality without role models or protectors. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Clint Michigan Releases Animated Video For Reflective Track 'Centuries': Watch," 9 July 2018 There’s the culmination of the 7-on-7 season, the continuation of strength and conditioning camps, and the hiring and repositioning of coaches. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood football: 7-on-7, summer conditioning, Roher rejoins staff," 29 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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