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culminate (v.)

1640s, in astronomy, of a star or planet, "come to or be on the highest point of altitude; come to or be on the meridian," from Late Latin culminatus past participle of culminare "to top, to crown," from Latin culmen (genitive culminis) "top, peak, summit, roof, gable," also used figuratively, a contraction of columen "top, summit" (from PIE root *kel- (2) "to be prominent; hill"). Figurative sense in English of "reach the highest point" is from 1660s. Related: Culminant; culminated; culminating.

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Definitions of culminate

culminate (v.)
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage;
The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace
Synonyms: climax
culminate (v.)
bring to a head or to the highest point;
Seurat culminated pointillism
culminate (v.)
reach the highest or most decisive point;
culminate (v.)
reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body;
culminate (v.)
rise to, or form, a summit;
The helmet culminated in a crest
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