V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a final climactic point in activity; 2. development of events coming to completion

Synonyms: climax, pinnacle, summit, consummation, fulfillment


Tips: If an event or series of events culminates in something, it ends with it, having developed until it reaches this point. Culmination refers to the highest result or achievement of a process; for example an election day is the natural culmination of a campaign. In business, one often hears of something achieved through the "culmination of hard work."

Usage Examples:

The culmination of the couple's saving and sacrificing led to the purchase of their new house. (pinnacle)

Shattering the world record was the culmination of the gymnast's arduous training. (pinnacle, fulfillment)

Election day was the final culmination of the teamís hard work throughout the campaign. (climax, summit)

The play came to a dramatic culmination and the audience roared with applause. (climax)

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