Meaning of “climax” in the English Dictionary

"climax" in British English

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climaxnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈklaɪ.mæks/ us /ˈklaɪ.mæks/
climactic
adjective uk /klaɪˈmæk.tɪk/ us /klaɪˈmæk.tɪk/

The third movement of the symphony ends in a climactic crescendo (= has a loud and exciting ending).

climaxverb [ I ]

uk /ˈklaɪ.mæks/ 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 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.

climaxverb [ I ]

us /ˈklɑɪ·mæks/

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.

(Definition of “climax” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)