verb (used without object), culminated, culminating.
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), culminated, culminating.
to bring to a close; complete; climax: A rock song culminates the performance.

1640–50; < Late Latin culminātus (past participle of culmināre to come to a peak), equivalent to Latin culmin- (stem of culmen) peak, top + -ātus -ate1

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culminate (ˈkʌlmɪˌneɪt)
vb (when intr, usually foll by in)
1.  to end or cause to end, esp to reach or bring to a final or climactic stage
2.  (intr) (of a celestial body) to cross the meridian of the observer
[C17: from Late Latin culmināre to reach the highest point, from Latin culmen top]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, from L.L. culminatus, pp. of culminare "to crown," from L. culmen (gen. culminis) "peak, summit," contraction of columen (see column).
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Example sentences
They culminate in two strikingly symmetrical clouds of swirling filaments.
Workshops culminate in a public concert featuring singers and participants.
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