What does culminate mean?

Definitions for culminateˈkʌl məˌneɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word culminate.

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"


  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

  4. Origin: [L. cuimen top or ridge. See Column.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Culminate

    kul′min-āt, v.i. (astron.) to be vertical or at the highest point of altitude: to reach the highest point (with in).—adj. Cul′minant, at its highest point.—n. Culminā′tion, act of culminating: the top: (astron.) transit of a body across the meridian or highest point for the day. [Low L. culmināre, from L. culmen, properly columen, a summit.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of culminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of culminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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