Other forms: culminating; culminated; culminates

The verb culminate is used to describe a high point or a climactic stage in a process. For example, the goal of a Major League baseball team is to have their season culminate in a World Series victory.

The word culminate derives from the Latin word culminatus, the past participle of culminare, which means "to top or crown." Use culminate when you are referring to a crowning moment or a final conclusion: “I want my experiments combining strawberry jam with burnt toast to culminate in a Nobel Prize in Chemistry — or at least a lucrative contract with a major food supplier.”

Definitions of culminate
  1. verb
    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
    “The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace”
    synonyms: climax
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    crown, top
    be the culminating event
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    cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  2. verb
    bring to a head or to the highest point
    “Seurat culminated pointillism”
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    type of:
    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
  3. verb
    reach the highest or most decisive point
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    accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
    gain with effort
  4. verb
    reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
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    arrive at, attain, gain, hit, make, reach
    reach a destination, either real or abstract
  5. verb
    rise to, or form, a summit
    “The helmet culminated in a crest”
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    type of:
    assume a form or shape
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