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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The culmination of the event will be a sports-car show Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center that last year attracted 300 cars and 5,000 people, CF Charities executive director John Suggs said. Les Bowen,, "Scary moment for Eagles receiver Greg Ward, but he seems to be OK," 7 June 2018 Third Strike is the culmination of the pixel art pure Street Fighter games. Aurich Lawson, Ars Technica, "Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection," 29 May 2018 The culmination of the show is a series of self-portraits Albright undertook late in his life. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Ivan Albright’s meticulous attention to the human body continues to be an inspiration to young artists," 18 May 2018 The live, open-to-the-public show on the theater stage of Florida Memorial University is the culmination of the African Cultural Heritage Art Center’s 2018 Entourage performance apprenticeship program. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "These 18 made the cut. That’s when the real work began. Now they’re part of the Entourage. | Miami Herald," 22 Apr. 2018 International summits are usually planned for months and are the culmination of bureaucratic staff work to narrow the issues. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump's chaotic NATO summit raises stakes for Putin talks in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 The culmination of our trip was supposed to be a crunch tie between England and Belgium in Kaliningrad., "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: From Russia With Love," 9 July 2018 On July 3rd its new law on the Supreme Court took effect, the culmination of a series of judicial changes pushed through by the party. The Economist, "Poland’s government sacks a third of its Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 The revitalized Gateway Arch National Park was dedicated Tuesday, the culmination of a $380 million public-private partnership that Missouri political leaders see as a template for the future of the national park system. Jim Salter, The Seattle Times, "Renovated museum opens as part of $380M Gateway Arch project," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of culmination

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for culmination

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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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