- 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.
- to bring to a close; complete; climax: A rock song culminates the performance.
Origin of culminate
Examples from the Web for culminate
This will all culminate in a mini-series event called The Defenders.Netflix and Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ and a Brief History of Black Superheroes
November 13, 2013
There is no promise that the players will break into song to culminate the show ... but one can hope!10 Things to Watch at the 2013 U.S. Open
August 26, 2013
The overseas portion of the tour is slated to begin this month in the Netherlands and will culminate in mid-December in Belgium.Cat Power Announces Possible Tour Cancellation, Bankruptcy
November 2, 2012
And all science must culminate at last in the science of healing—not the weak, but the strong.The Secret Agent
All that terrible day seemed to culminate in this overwhelming misfortune.The House Under the Sea
Sir Max Pemberton
What was more natural than that their friendship should culminate in a deeper feeling!Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
It was Bassano who started that great Spanish school which was to culminate in Velasquez.Venice
In them the antichristian might of the beast will culminate.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Revelation
- (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 and History for culminate
1640s, from Late Latin culminatus past participle of culminare "to top, to crown," from Latin culmen (genitive culminis) "top, peak, summit, roof, gable," also used figuratively, contraction of columen (see column). Related: Culminated; culminating.