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 win over Kansas City also was the culmination of two difficult weeks for the organization and its city. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "Rams roll into bye week buzzing from epic win over Chiefs," 21 Nov. 2018 Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal from earlier this year felt like the culmination of all of these privacy concerns — if not for the Senate, then for the American public. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Sen. Mark Warner on breaking up Facebook and Congress’ plan to regulate tech," 5 Nov. 2018 But Justice Brett Kavanaugh's road to the Supreme Court was more than the culmination of years of hard work and months of political imaginations, its bond resistance moments on both ends of the political spectrum, resist Trump and resist mob rule. Fox News, "McConnell on marshalling the votes to confirm Kavanaugh," 7 Oct. 2018 This final chapter of 2018’s three-part series symbolizes an important culmination. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 But the trip is the culmination of a journey that has taken almost 15 years. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, "Our 15-Year Quest to Find the Perfect Place to Retire," 20 Nov. 2018 Stimulated emission This year's prize is the culmination of more than a century of prior research in fundamental physics. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "2018 physics Nobel Prize honors 3, including first woman in 55 years," 2 Oct. 2018 In this case, a closer relationship between Sprint's telecom plans and Tidal’s streaming service -- currently priced at $9.99/month, or $19.99/month for hi-fi audio -- represents a culmination of the relationship between the two companies. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Sprint Introducing New 'Unlimited Plus' Plans With Tidal Music Streaming Subscription Bundle," 12 July 2018 The Supreme Court shake-up represents the culmination of a comprehensive overhaul of Poland's justice system that gives the ruling party new powers over the courts. Vanessa Gera, Fox News, "Poles protest the forced retirements of judges under new law," 4 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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: the end or final result of something

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