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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Satellite operator Iridium's nearly decade-long effort to build a constellation of internet-beaming satellites, one that would foster better broadband and mobile connectivity on Earth, has finally reached its culmination. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Launches Final Batch of Internet-Beaming Satellites for Iridium," 11 Jan. 2019 The legal battle between CNN and the White House is the culmination of years of public feuding between the news outlet, Mr. Acosta and Mr. Trump. Joe Flint, WSJ, "CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Press Credentials," 14 Nov. 2018 Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of unwavering focus by the Boeing and Saab team. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Boeing Wins $9 Billion Contract To Build the Air Force's Next Trainer Plane," 28 Sep. 2018 The guilty verdict was the culmination of a long downward spiral for Cosby, who was accused by dozens of women of similar crimes after public interest in his rape allegations was renewed. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: New allegations against Kavanaugh throw confirmation battle into chaos; Trump to address U.N.," 24 Sep. 2018 Big Little Lies literally needed the culmination of female friendship to bring the series to its stunning conclusion. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Why Don't Women on Drama Shows Have Any Friends?," 27 Dec. 2018 Pete’s troubling Instagram was the culmination of a series of celebrity posts about mental health that day, including a back-and-forth between Kanye West and Ariana Grande, Pete’s ex-fiancée. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 This final chapter of 2018’s three-part series, the previous dates of which were January 15 and April 14, symbolizes an important culmination. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 As Vox’s Dara Lind reports, this conflict was a culmination of months of tension over the impending arrival of migrants fleeing dire situations in their home countries — amplified by President Donald Trump’s explosive rhetoric on the campaign trail. Li Zhou, Vox, "We asked 7 senators how Congress should respond to the tear-gassing of children at the border," 27 Nov. 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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