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Meaning of CULMINATE

Pronunciation:  'kulmu`neyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  end, esp. to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
  2. [v]  rise to, or form, a summit; "The helmet culminated in a crest"
  3. [v]  bring to a head or to the highest point; "Seurat culminated pointillism"
  4. [v]  of a celestial body: reach its highest altitude or the meridian
  5. [v]  reach the highest or most decisive point

CULMINATE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: climax
 See Also: accomplish, achieve, arrive at, attain, attain, cease, crown, end, finish, form, gain, hit, make, reach, reach, shape, stop, terminate, top



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cul"mi*nate\ (k[u^]l"m[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p.
    p. {Culminated} (-n[=a]`t[eucr]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Culminating} (-n[=a]`t[i^]ng.] [L. cuimen top or ridge. See
    1. To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the
       meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead.
             As when his beams at noon Culminate from the
             equator.                              --Milton.
    2. To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power,
       numbers, etc.
             The reptile race culminated in the secondary era.
             The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating.
  2. \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.
Thesaurus Terms
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