Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
The verb ‘culminate’ expresses the highest or most climactic point in a process. It was originally used literally to describe a star or other celestial body reaching its highest point above the horizon, but is now used almost exclusively in its figurative sense.
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I was hoping that the meeting would culminate in something productive, but the two parties were on different wavelengths.
The signing of the deal was the culmination of weeks of negotiations. So much time and work had gone into making it happen.
Months of simmering tension is what culminated in my resignation. I simply couldn’t work for my boss anymore.