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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When nearly 60 percent of voters in Oklahoma approved medical marijuana last month, pot advocates celebrated a hard-fought victory that was the culmination of a years-long effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis. Washington Post, "Conservative states balk at voter-approved medical marijuana," 13 July 2018 Dunn’s exit was the culmination of growing strife within the board of trustees. Dawn Rhodes,, "Southern Illinois University president ousted amid swirling controversy," 13 July 2018 Everest was the culmination of the Summits of My Life project, which Jornet began in 2012 in an attempt to establish speed records on a collection of iconic peaks, including Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Elbrus, Denali, and Aconcagua. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Monday’s announcement may ultimately mark not just the culmination of one campaign for control of the nation’s judiciary, but the beginning of another. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "It's the Constitution, not Brett Kavanaugh liberals don't like, conservatives say," 11 July 2018 The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a years-long campaign for net neutrality in India. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination," 11 July 2018 Monday’s announcement may ultimately mark not just the culmination of one campaign for control of the nation’s judiciary, but the beginning of another. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 The event, which also recognized the 2018 Nurses of the Year, is the culmination of the foundation’s six-week Thank a Nurse campaign sponsored by Tenet Health and VITAS Healthcare. Kari Barnett,, "Palm Beach County Nurses of the Year get moment in the spotlight," 10 July 2018 That export ban was the culmination of a years-long conflict between ZTE and the US government over the company's sale of US technology to Iran and North Korea in violation of US sanctions rules. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "US forces smartphone giant ZTE to fire its CEO and leadership team," 5 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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