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Definition 1: end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage - [verb of change]

Samples where culminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace

Synonyms for culminate in the sense of this definition

(culminate is a kind of ...) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed" "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other" "My property ends by the bushes" "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

(... is a kind of culminate ) be the culminating event

"The speech crowned the meeting"

Definition 2: rise to, or form, a summit - [verb of change]

Samples where culminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The helmet culminated in a crest

(culminate is a kind of ...) assume a form or shape

"the water formed little beads"

Definition 3: bring to a head or to the highest point - [verb of change]

Samples where culminate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Seurat culminated pointillism

(culminate is a kind of ...) bring to an end or halt

"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime" "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

Definition 4: reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body - [verb of motion]

(culminate is a kind of ...) reach a destination, either real or abstract

"We hit Detroit by noon" "The water reached the doorstep" "We barely made it to the finish line" "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

(culminate is a kind of ...) to gain with effort

"she achieved her goal despite setbacks"

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