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 The daring raid was the culmination of years of steady intelligence-gathering work — and 48 hours of hurry-up planning once Washington got word that al-Baghdadi would be at a compound in northwestern Syria. Aamer Madhani,, "The takedown of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The tip, the raid, the reveal," 28 Oct. 2019 The designation is the culmination of 50 years of environmental reinvigoration of the river, and consequently Lake Erie. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Cuyahoga River to be officially designated Ohio water trail," 2 Oct. 2019 The shutdown was the culmination of weeks of conflict with the government and unions. Helene Fouquet,, "Amazon Face-Off in France Serves as Worker-Rights Test Case," 7 May 2020 Thursday night, the former Oregon Ducks quarterback will get a call from his future NFL home and the Eugene native’s pro career will officially begin. The NFL draft will be a culmination of Herbert’s journey from hometown hero to NFL quarterback. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert and the NFL draft: Journey from hometown hero to pro quarterback nearly complete for former Oregon Ducks star," 23 Apr. 2020 For Wallacavage, the find was a culmination of his lifetime obsession with period architecture. Lizzie Feidelson, New York Times, "An Artist’s Gothic Townhouse, Filled With Octopus-Shaped Lamps," 25 Mar. 2020 Authorities haven’t given an official account of what sparked the riots, though the violence appeared to be a culmination of growing tensions that followed the passage of a new citizenship law in December. Washington Post, "As India counts dead, brutality of Hindu-Muslim riot emerges," 29 Feb. 2020 Draft day is usually a cause for celebration for pro football hopefuls, the culmination of years of hard work and the beginning of a potentially promising NFL career. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Keith McCants’ road from No. 1 NFL draft prospect to cautionary tale," 22 Apr. 2020 For Detroit, the past 40 days have been a cruel culmination of what has been simmering below the surface of the city for more than 40 years. Tammy Joyner, Detroit Free Press, "COVID-19 and Detroit: How racial inequity turned deadly in a city amid a comeback," 20 Apr. 2020

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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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“Culmination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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: the end or final result of something

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