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climax

noun [C]  /ˈklɑɪ·mæks/ us  
literature the most important or exciting part in the development of a story or situation, which usually happens near the end: The novel built to a shattering climax, leaving me breathless.

climax

verb [I]  /ˈklɑɪ·mæks/ us  
to reach the greatest point or level of activity: A late season hurricane on October 17-18 climaxed the very active hurricane season of 1950.
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