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Meaning of CULMINATE

Pronunciation:  'kulmu`neyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  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
 
 Definition: 
  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
    {Column}.]
    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.
                                                   --Dana.
    
             The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating.
                                                   --Motley.
    
    
  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
 
 Related Terms: button up, cap, carry to completion, clean up, climax, close out, close up, complete, conclude, consummate, crest, crown, develop, do to perfection, end, finalize, finish, finish off, finish up, frost, get done, get it over, get through, get through with, head, ice, improve, mature, mop up, outtop, overarch, overtop, peak, perfect, ripen, round out, surmount, terminate, tip, top, top off, top out, wind up, wrap up
 

 

 

 

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