(third-person singular simple present culminates, present participle culminating, simple past and past participle culminated)
- (intransitive, astronomy) Of a heavenly body, to be at the highest point, reach its greatest altitude.
- (intransitive) To reach the (physical) summit, highest point, peak etc.
- (intransitive) To reach a climax; to come to the decisive point (especially as an end or conclusion).
- Their messy breakup culminated in a restraining order.
- New York Times Mr. Bush has been marking the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 with a series of speeches about terrorism that culminated with his televised address last night.
- The class will culminate with a rigorous examination.
- To finalize, bring to a conclusion, form the climax of.
Recorded since 1647, from Medieval Latin culminatus, the past participle of culminare (“to crown”), from Latin culmen (“peak, the highest point”), older form columen (“top, summit”), from a Proto-Indo-European base *kel- "to project".