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
Recent Examples on the Web Following days of preliminary events, parties and trade shows, the culmination of the Miss America 2022 Competition is Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville. Christopher Arnott,, 9 Dec. 2021 The culmination of everything, of course, was the Beatles’ famed live performance on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ London Headquarters on Jan. 30, 1969, which replaced McCartney’s grander ambitions -- albeit as a last-minute decision. Gary Graff, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2021 Beyond the challenges of the pandemic, the culmination of the Surface Laptop Studio was years in the making. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 Saturday, perhaps even surprisingly given the myriad injuries the Ducks had to overcome, was the culmination of a long process that still has many steps. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021 The culmination of the past several weeks of nominations and voting will be a beautiful magazine in The Dallas Morning News print edition on Sunday, November 14, as well as right here in digital form at Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2021 The Hulk came out in the ring on Sunday and won an Olympic medal in what was the culmination of a journey that Saunders hopes will inspire others dealing with mental health issues. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2021 For Edina senior forward Allie Murphy, what transpired was the culmination of weeks of work to start a dialogue about social justice with her team and others in the metro area. Christina Long, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 The culmination of these events is an unprecedented wave of demand, which has triggered a meteoric rise in prices. NBC News, 4 July 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Culmination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of culmination

: the end or final result of something

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