Definitions for culminateˈkʌl məˌneɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cul•mi•nateˈkʌl məˌneɪt(v.)-nat•ed, -nat•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to reach the highest point or highest development (usu. fol. by in).

  2. to arrive at a final or climactic stage (usu. fol. by in).

  3. to rise to an apex (usu. fol. by in):

    a tower culminating in a tall spire.

  4. (of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach the highest or the lowest altitude.

    Category: Astronomy

  5. (v.t.)to bring to a close.

Origin of culminate:

1640–50; < LL culminātus, ptp. of culmināre to come to a peak, der. of L culmen, s. culmin- peak

Princeton's WordNet

  1. culminate, climax(verb)

    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

    "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"

  2. culminate(verb)

    bring to a head or to the highest point

    "Seurat culminated pointillism"

  3. culminate(verb)

    reach the highest or most decisive point

  4. culminate(verb)

    reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

  5. culminate(verb)

    rise to, or form, a summit

    "The helmet culminated in a crest"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. culminate(verb)ˈkʌl məˌneɪt

    to have a particular result or ending

    years of swimming that culminated in an Olympic gold medal


  1. culminate(Verb)

    Of a heavenly body, to be at the highest point, reach its greatest altitude.

  2. culminate(Verb)

    To reach the (physical) summit, highest point, peak etc.

  3. culminate(Verb)

    To reach a climax; to come to the decisive point (especially as an end or conclusion).

  4. culminate(Verb)

    To finalize, bring to a conclusion, form the climax of.

  5. Origin: Recorded since 1647, from culminatus, the past participle of culminare, from culmen, older form columen, from a Proto-Indo-European base *kel- "to project".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Culminate(verb)

    to reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead

  2. Culminate(verb)

    to reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power, numbers, etc

  3. Culminate(adj)

    growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth; -- applied to the growth of corals

Translations for culminate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(with in ) to reach the highest or most important point

The celebrations culminated in a firework display in the local park.

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