culmination

noun
cul·​mi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən \

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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For von Braun, this first launch, dubbed Apollo 4, was the culmination of a lifetime spent in pursuit of the stars. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Tim Wu, author of The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, tells The Verge that the DOJ’s recent loss is simply the culmination of a several-decade decline in meaningful antitrust enforcement in America. Karl Bode, The Verge, "How the new AT&T could bully its way to streaming domination," 18 Dec. 2018 The violence was the culmination of a situation that’s been deteriorating for over a week, after caravan members began to arrive in a city that’s already hosting thousands of asylum seekers waiting to cross legally into the US at San Ysidro. Dara Lind, Vox, "How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos," 26 Nov. 2018 Perhaps this is the culmination of Trump's gradual move toward a more isolationist or even pro-Russian stance. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trump is threatening the Western alliance. And Republicans have no will to stop him.," 13 July 2018 Satellite operator Iridium's nearly decade-long effort to build a constellation of internet-beaming satellites, one that would foster better broadband and mobile connectivity on Earth, has finally reached its culmination. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Launches Final Batch of Internet-Beaming Satellites for Iridium," 11 Jan. 2019 The legal battle between CNN and the White House is the culmination of years of public feuding between the news outlet, Mr. Acosta and Mr. Trump. Joe Flint, WSJ, "CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Press Credentials," 14 Nov. 2018 Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Wins $9 Billion Contract To Build the Air Force's Next Trainer Plane," 28 Sep. 2018 The guilty verdict was the culmination of a long downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: New allegations against Kavanaugh throw confirmation battle into chaos; Trump to address U.N.," 24 Sep. 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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culmination

noun

English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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