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culminate

[ kuhl-muh-neyt ]
/ 藞k蕦l m蓹藢ne瑟t /
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verb (used without object), cul路mi路nat路ed, cul路mi路nat路ing.
to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development (usually followed by in).
to end or arrive at a final stage (usually followed by in): The argument culminated in a fistfight.
to rise to or form an apex; terminate (usually followed by in): The tower culminates in a tall spire.
Astronomy. (of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach the highest or the lowest altitude.
verb (used with object), cul路mi路nat路ed, cul路mi路nat路ing.
to bring to a close; complete; climax: The president's signature on this bill culminates an eight-year campaign for legislation to help individuals and families finance their long-term disability needs.
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Origin of culminate

First recorded in 1640鈥50; from Late Latin culmin膩tus (past participle of culmin膩re to come to a peak), equivalent to Latin culmin- (stem of culmen ) 鈥減eak, top鈥 + -膩tus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for culminate

culminate
/ (藞k蕦lm瑟藢ne瑟t) /

verb
(when intr, usually foll by in) to end or cause to end, esp to reach or bring to a final or climactic stage
(intr) (of a celestial body) to cross the meridian of the observer

Word Origin for culminate

C17: from Late Latin culmin膩re to reach the highest point, from Latin culmen top
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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