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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Marrying a prince is the prize, the be-all, end-all, the culmination of their narrative. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside Meghan Markle's First 100 Days in the Royal Family," 27 Aug. 2018 Yet those six or seven hours in space represent the culmination of years of training, and the EVA activity itself is as physically punishing for the astronauts in their bulky spacesuits as running a marathon. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System," 3 July 2018 These were the culmination of decades of polite lobbying—and of a ten-year campaign of militant protests. The Economist, "What modern campaigners can learn from the fight for women’s suffrage," 19 Apr. 2018 The album promises to be a culmination of his powerful blend of his state’s various styles -- equal parts gangster, confessional and melodic -- and make YoungBoy the new torchbearer for a gritty tradition that includes Lil Wayne, Webbie and Boosie. Ryan Pfeffer, Billboard, "YoungBoy Never Broke Again On Why His First Album May Be His Ticket To Freedom," 25 Jan. 2018 Dance Explosion is a culmination of the MiraCosta College Summer Dance Intensive and premieres a work by Madboots dance, one of the visiting guest artists. Linda Mcintosh,, "Blue Star families honored," 13 July 2018 Like most first official solo LPs, Debut is a culmination of ideas stretching back to her earliest days as a songwriter. William Goodman, Billboard, "Bjork's 'Debut': An Art-Pop Masterpiece Turns 25," 5 July 2018 The tariffs are a culmination of the protectionist threats that President Trump campaigned on and mark the clearest dividing line between Trump and a Republican Party that has traditionally embraced free trade. Erica Werner,, "Republicans, Trump official square off in heated hearing over tariffs," 21 June 2018 This year’s grade is a culmination of decades of work, Anacostia Watershed Society president Jim Foster said in a statement. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "After 10 years of flunking, Anacostia River passes annual health-check with D rating," 13 June 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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: the end or final result of something

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