Culminate Definition

culminated, culminates, culminating
culminated, culminates, culminating
To reach its highest or lowest altitude.
Webster's New World
To reach its highest point or climax; result (in)
Webster's New World
To come to completion; end.
Years of waiting culminated in a tearful reunion.
American Heritage
To bring to its climax; cap.
Webster's New World
To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon. Used of stars and other celestial bodies.
American Heritage

Origin of Culminate

  • 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".

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin culmināre culmināt- from Latin culmen culmin- summit kel-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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