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English definition of “culminate”

culminate

verb
 
 
/ˈkʌlmɪneɪt/ formal
culminate in/with sth to finish with a particular event, or reach a final result after gradual development and often a lot of effort: The course culminates in a series of written exams. His career culminated with the post of ambassador to NATO.Coming to an endCausing something to end
[T] US to be the final thing in a series of events: The discovery of a body culminated two days of desperate searching.Coming to an endCausing something to end
culmination
 
 
/ˌkʌlmɪˈneɪʃən/ noun [no plural]
This discovery is the culmination of years of research.
(Definition of culminate from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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