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CULMINATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does culminate mean? 

CULMINATE (verb)
  The verb CULMINATE has 5 senses:

1. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
2. bring to a head or to the highest point
3. reach the highest or most decisive point
4. reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
5. rise to, or form, a summit

  Familiarity information: CULMINATE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CULMINATE (verb)


Sense 1culminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

End, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

climax; culminate

Context example:

The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace

Hypernyms (to "culminate" is one way to...):

cease; end; finish; stop; terminate (have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "culminate"):

crown; top (be the culminating event)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2culminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring to a head or to the highest point

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Seurat culminated pointillism

Hypernyms (to "culminate" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3culminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach the highest or most decisive point

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "culminate" is one way to...):

accomplish; achieve; attain; reach (to gain with effort)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4culminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Hypernyms (to "culminate" is one way to...):

arrive at; attain; gain; hit; make; reach (reach a destination, either real or abstract)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 5culminate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rise to, or form, a summit

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The helmet culminated in a crest

Hypernyms (to "culminate" is one way to...):

form (assume a form or shape)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


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