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culminated in her defriending him
  reach the highest or most decisive or final stage
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Standard suffix:  The suffix, "-tion" converts the verb culminate to a noun.
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  • culminated in her defriending him
  • their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development
  • culminated in failure and disgrace
  • This would always culminate with the master’s arms going around White Fang’s neck and shoulders while the latter crooned and growled his love-song.
    London, Jack  --  White Fang

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  • Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • Even though I don’t like secrets, even though I think that Mia and I have enough secrets between the two of us at this point, and even though the subway is like the culmination of all my fears.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The culmination of the season was the Governor’s Cup stakes.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • I get the distinct impression that this is the culmination of several battles between them.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • But the festivities continued, culminating in dancing.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The night had been one that he had been looking forward to for so long, the culmination of months—of years—of work.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • This is it, she thinks, the culmination of everything.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Her submissive labor, which she had executed patiently, like practically all dutiful Polish daughters trapped in a tradition of absolute obeisance to Daddy-hood, culminated one week in the winter of 1938 with the typing and editing of the manuscript of Poland’s Jewish Problem: Does National Socialism Have the Answer?
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Leo’s whole life—his childhood with Tia Callida; his mother’s death in that warehouse fire; his years as a foster kid; his months at Camp Half-Blood with Jason and Piper—all of it would culminate tomorrow morning in one final battle.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • The culmination of everything we’ve worked toward.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • What had happened in the past four or five months to culminate in such a feeling?
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The moral hesitation which decided the fate of battles was evidently culminating in a panic.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This is all culminating with shots of me in the final six dresses, which I’m sure took no time at all to insert in the show.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Entering in a parade of nations and standing at attention, the athletes were treated to a thunderous show that culminated in the release of twenty thousand doves.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The clash culminates several weeks after Enrique arrives, when Maraa Isabel telephones collect and her call is rejected because some of the immigrants in the trailer do not know who she is.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • When he had said it, he took a culminating pinch of snuff, and put his box in his pocket.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Thus commencing a cycle that can only culminate in further anger and distress.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • She was also the winner, between 1938 and 1958, of nine Poet of the Year awards, culminating finally in the much-coveted State Poet Laureateship.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • The discovery of the significance of these glimpses and of their relation to the ancient histories revealed the Third Age and its culmination in the War of the Ring.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The engagement lasted only days and culminated not in a big ceremony with live singers and dancers and merriment all around but with a brief visit by a mullah, a witness, and the scribbling of two signatures across a sheet of paper.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Programs scheduled to culminate in two years became outmoded in six months, and crowds of men gathered for them in one place were dispersed to twenty others.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The tasks became progressively harder until they culminated in a successful candidate’s induction as thirty-seconddegree Mason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • As Christianity spread, the shrine got bigger, layer upon layer, culminating in this colossal basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The curate, I found, was quite incapable of discussion; this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • What would be gained if we were to build it up again so exactly that it culminated in another Tribulation?
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • That’s how Nacha’s dislike of Rosaura began, and the rivalry between the sisters was now culminating in this wedding between Rosaura and the man Tita loved.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • Above those empty levels rose tier upon tier of interlocking buildings until they culminated in a giant dome of gold and white.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It had been a hectic week, culminating in that weird scene at the emergency room.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • I expected something of a culmination.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • But it was not in any way a coincidence that today, the day of culmination of the project, the great day of unveiling, the day that the Heart of Gold was finally to be introduced to a marveling Galaxy, was also a great day of culmination for Zaphod Beeblebrox.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The storm culminated in one matchless effort that seemed likely to tear the island to pieces, burn it up, drown it to the tree-tops, blow it away, and deafen every creature in it, all at one and the same moment.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Afternoon naps were a custom of the country and never were they so necessary as on the all-day parties, beginning early in the morning and culminating in a ball.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • How could I ever live without him?We agreed not to worry about it the rest of the weekend, five whole days to spend together, culminating with the July Fourth BBQ and fireworks extravaganza.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • It was the farthest point of navigation and the culminating point of my experience.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Into the manhood of the race: for I, for my own part, cannot think that these latter days of weak experiment, fragmentary theory, and mutual discord are indeed man’s culminating time!
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • A number of small scuffles broke out in the corridors, culminating in a nasty incident in which a Gryffindor fourth year and a Slytherin sixth year ended up in the hospital wing with leeks sprouting out of their ears.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • She had not been in Paris for some months; the horrors and bloodshed of the Reign of Terror, culminating in the September massacres, had only come across the Channel to her as a faint echo.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The disgrace attendant on his immediately afterwards taking to crowing and pursuing me across the bridge with crows, as from an exceedingly dejected fowl who had known me when I was a blacksmith, culminated the disgrace with which I left the town, and was, so to speak, ejected by it into the open country.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was the very essence of the unknown; it was the sum of the terrors of the unknown, the one culminating and unthinkable catastrophe that could happen to him, about which he knew nothing and about which he feared everything.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • From this point culminated ward along a graceful arEte of wind-compacted snow that in the South Summit-where I arrived at 11:00 to find a second, even worse bottleneck.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This is the culmination of a semesterlong exercise in ingenuity and teamwork that the MITES do every year.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The funicular was above the highest houses of the shore; on both sides a tangle of foliage and flowers culminated at intervals in masses of color.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • What was more, he was now dreaming about walking down the corridor towards the entrance to the Department of Mysteries almost every night, dreams which always culminated in him standing longingly in front of the plain black door.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Wellington held the village and the culminating plain; Ney had only the crest and the slope.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
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