- To culminate is to reach the highest point or to reach a point that all other things have been leading up to.
An example of culminate is the highest point of tension in a movie to which all story lines have been leading.
culminate definition by Webster's New World
- to reach its highest or lowest altitude: said of a celestial body
- to reach its highest point or climax; result (in)
Origin: ; from Midieval Latin culminatus, past participle of culminare ; from Classical Latin culmen (gen. culminis), peak, summit, contr. of columen: see column
culminate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb, intransitive cul·mi·nat·ed, cul·mi·nat·ing, cul·mi·nates
- a. To reach the highest point or degree; climax: habitual antagonism that culminated in open hostility.b. To come to completion; end: Years of waiting culminated in a tearful reunion.
- Astronomy To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon. Used of stars and other celestial bodies.
Origin: Late Latin culmināre, culmināt-, from Latin culmen, culmin-, summit; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- culˌmi·naˈtion noun