cul·​mi·​na·​tion ˌkəl-mə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce culmination (audio)
: the action of culminating
: 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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Word History


see culminate

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of culmination was in 1633

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“Culmination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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