culmination

The culmination is the end point or final stage of something you've been working toward or something that's been building up. The culmination of your high school career, for example, should be graduation day — and probably not prom night.

A culmination isn't just the conclusion. It's the climax of the story, the final crowning achievement, the end result of years of research. “Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter,” said Charles Lindbergh, the first solo pilot to fly nonstop across the Atlantic — a feat that was surely the culmination of his aviation career.

Definitions of culmination
  1. noun
    a concluding action
    synonyms: closing, completion, mop up, windup
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    consummation
    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
    consummation
    the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
    finish, finishing
    the act of finishing
    finalisation, finalization
    the act of finalizing
    follow-through
    carrying some project or intention to full completion
    follow-through
    the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
    graduation
    the successful completion of a program of study
    fruition, realisation, realization
    something that is made real or concrete
    fulfillment, fulfilment
    the act of consummating something (a desire or promise etc)
    close, closing curtain, finale, finis
    the concluding part of any performance
    type of:
    conclusion, ending, termination
    the act of ending something
  2. noun
    a final climactic stage
    “their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development”
    synonyms: apogee
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    phase, stage
    any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  3. noun
    the decisive moment in a novel or play
    synonyms: climax
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    instant, minute, moment, second
    a particular point in time
  4. noun
    (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
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    celestial point
    a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
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