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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Choose the Right Synonym for culmination

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 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 Artificial intelligence, the culmination of decades of computational advancement, scares the heck out of tomorrow’s workforce. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—How to Share Benefits of the Digital Future With More People," 27 June 2018 Historically, albums were statement pieces for artists—the culmination of weeks, or months, or years of work siphoned into a cohesive, crackling exposition. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Everything Is Love Marks a New Step in the Album's Evolution," 19 June 2018 The release of Fahrenheit 451 in many ways marks the end, or at least the culmination, of the modern era of book-burning. Lily Rothman, Time, "The Real History Behind Book Burning and Fahrenheit 451," 18 May 2018 The culmination of everything great in my life, lying right there on my chest. The Cut, The Cut, "The Mom Who Was Pregnant and Addicted to Opioids," 17 May 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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