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culminate

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Definition reach the highest or most decisive or final stage
  • culminated in her defriending him
  • their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • Those are the antecedents, and the culmination.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Hard Times
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • This is it, she thinks, the culmination of everything.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Love, regrets, desires, wishes had all culminated to whirl inside her until she'd clung to him.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • This all seemed to culminate one night with my most vivid memory as a child.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • The culmination of everything we've worked toward.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • All our intimacy culminates then.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • As Christianity spread, the shrine got bigger, layer upon layer, culminating in this colossal basilica.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Duane could not see any other culmination of this series of events than a meeting between Knell and himself.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • She had reached her culmination: her voice rose trilling and bright over the storm of applause, and soared as high and joyful as her triumph.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • But the festivities continued, culminating in dancing.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • It had been a hectic week, culminating in that weird scene at the emergency room.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • It was a culmination of the mood he had been in all the day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Cesar blamed himself, assuming that his behavior on the night that had culminated in his ride home in the deputy's car, had caused the problem.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Such were the consequences of the epidemic at its culminating point.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • 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

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