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climaxnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈklaɪ.mæks/
climactic
adjective uk   us   /klaɪˈmæk.tɪk/
The third ​movement of the ​symphonyends in a climactic ​crescendo (= has a ​loud and ​excitingending).

climaxverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈklaɪ.mæks/
(Definition of climax from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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climaxnoun [C]

 us   /ˈklɑɪ·mæks/
literature the most ​important or ​excitingpart in the ​development of a ​story or ​situation, which usually ​happens near the end: The ​novelbuilt to a ​shattering climax, ​leaving me ​breathless.

climaxverb [I]

 us   /ˈklɑɪ·mæks/
to ​reach the ​greatestpoint or ​level of ​activity: A late ​seasonhurricane on ​October 17-18 climaxed the very ​activehurricaneseason of 1950.
(Definition of climax from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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