WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
cul•mi•nate /ˈkʌlməˌneɪt/USA pronunciation   v. [+ in + object], -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. to reach the highest development:His career culminated in the winning of the Nobel prize.
  2. to arrive at a final stage after a long development:Their disagreement culminated in a quarrel.
cul•mi•na•tion/ˌkʌlməˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
cul•mi•nate  (kulmə nāt′),USA pronunciation v.,  -nat•ed, -nat•ing. 
  1. to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development (usually fol. by in).
  2. to end or arrive at a final stage (usually fol. by in):The argument culminated in a fistfight.
  3. to rise to or form an apex;
    terminate (usually fol. by in):The tower culminates in a tall spire.
  4. Astronomy(of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach the highest or the lowest altitude.

  1. to bring to a close;
    climax:A rock song culminates the performance.
  • Late Latin culminātus (past participle of culmināre to come to a peak), equivalent. to Latin culmin- (stem of culmen) peak, top + -ātus -ate1
  • 1640–50

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culminate /ˈkʌlmɪˌneɪt/ vb
  1. when intr, usually followed by in: to end or cause to end, esp to reach or bring to a final or climactic stage
  2. (intransitive) (of a celestial body) to cross the meridian of the observer
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin culmināre to reach the highest point, from Latin culmen top

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