culminate (culminates, present participle culminating; past and past participle culminated)

  1. (intransitive, astronomy) Of a heavenly body, to be at the highest point, reach its greatest altitude.
  2. (intransitive, also, figuratively) To reach the (physical) summit, highest point, peak etc.
    Synonyms: peak
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      As when his beams at noon / Culminate from the equator.
    • The reptile race culminated in the secondary era.
    • The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To reach a climax; to come to the decisive point (especially as an end or conclusion).
    Their messy breakup culminated in a restraining order.
    The class will culminate with a rigorous examination.
  4. (transitive) To finalize, bring to a conclusion, form the climax of.
    • 2010, "By the skin of her teeth", The Economist, 7 Sep 2010:
      The announcement by Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott in Canberra culminated more than a fortnight of intensive political horse-trading.
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culminate (not comparable)

  1. (anatomy) Relating to the culmen

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