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

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The final is the culmination of a 24-team tournament that began June 7. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT says it won’t underestimate Netherlands in World Cup final," 7 July 2019 The daylong sale is the culmination of years of effort from the local members of the National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Teen battling cancer auctions prized steer at fair to pay for treatment," 30 June 2019 Much of the rest of the menu is the culmination of years of research and contemplation as Wilcomb quietly ran the kitchen at one of New Orleans’ top restaurants, Herbsaint. Ann Maloney,, "Gianna: New Warehouse District restaurant dishes out travelogue of Italian food," 18 June 2019 This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and beliefs. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Toronto is about to kick off a massive celebration honoring the Raptors' first-ever NBA title," 17 June 2019 And Yuval Sharon’s new staging, the culmination of this adventurous director’s three-year residency with the orchestra, is both a radical transformation of the piece and an essentially modest conservation of it. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: After 27 Years, Meredith Monk’s ‘Atlas’ Returns to Earth," 12 June 2019 The culmination of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second day in Morocco is a formal reception hosted by the British ambassador. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Stuns in a Bespoke Dior Gown in Morocco," 24 Feb. 2019 The physical office is the culmination of an effort to stand up the unit that began in January 2017. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Trump admin creates new office to investigate citizenship fraud," 13 June 2018 Quentin’s death is a culmination of so many of The Magicians’ most salient themes, an emotional apex that only this quirky, ambitious show could pull off. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""The Magicians" Finale Just Pulled Off Its Most Heart-wrenching Risk Yet," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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