verb (-nated; -nating) Etymology: Medieval Latin culminatus, past participle of culminare, from Late Latin, to crown, from Latin culmin-, culmen top — more at hill Date: 1647 intransitive verb 1. of a celestial body to reach its highest altitude; also to be directly overhead 2. a. to rise to or form a summit b. to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point transitive verb to bring to a head or to the highest point

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  • Culminate — Cul mi*nate (k[u^]l m[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Culminated} ( n[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Culminating} ( n[=a] t[i^]ng.] [L. cuimen top or ridge. See {Column}.] 1. To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • culminate — ► VERB 1) (usu. culminate in/with) reach or be a climax or point of highest development. 2) archaic or Astrology (of a celestial body) reach or be at the meridian. DERIVATIVES culmination noun. ORIGIN Latin culminare, from culmen summit …   English terms dictionary

  • Culminate — Cul mi*nate (k[u^]l m[i^]*n[asl]t), a. Growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth; applied to the growth of corals. Dana. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • culminate — I verb accomplish, cap, climax, close, complete, conclude, consummate, crown, effect, end, execute, finish, reach a peak, reach the highest point, reach the zenith, terminate, top II index carry (succeed), cease, conclude ( …   Law dictionary

  • culminate — (v.) 1640s, from L.L. culminatus pp. of culminare to top, to crown, from L. culmen (gen. culminis) top, peak, summit, roof, gable, also used figuratively, contraction of columen (see COLUMN (Cf. column)). Related: Culminated; culminating …   Etymology dictionary

  • culminate — in sth phrasal verb (T) if a process culminates in something, it finally reaches the highest point of development or the most important result: a series of minor clashes culminating in a full scale war …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • culminate — [v] come to a climax cap, climax, close, come to a head*, conclude, crown, end, end up, finish, go over the mountain*, go the route*, rise to crescendo, round off, shoot one’s wad*, terminate, top off*, wind up*; concept 119 Ant. begin, commence …   New thesaurus

  • culminate — [kul′mə nāt΄] vi. culminated, culminating [< ML culminatus, pp. of culminare < L culmen (gen. culminis), peak, summit, contr. of columen: see COLUMN] 1. to reach its highest or lowest altitude: said of a celestial body 2. to reach its… …   English World dictionary

  • culminate — v. (d; intr.) to culminate in (to culminate in victory) * * * [ kʌlmɪneɪt] (d; intr.) to culminate in (to culminate in victory) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • culminate — cul|mi|nate [ˈkʌlmıneıt] culminate in/with [culminate in/with sth] phr v [Date: 1600 1700; : Late Latin; Origin: , past participle of culminare, from Latin culmen top ] if a process culminates in or with a particular event, it ends with that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • culminate —     The company s financial troubles culminated in the resignation of the chairman last June (Times). Culminate signifies not simply any result or outcome, but rather one marking a high point. A series of battles may culminate in a final victory …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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