Of a heavenly body, to be at the highest point, reach its greatest altitude. (verb)
To reach the (physical) summit, highest point, peak etc. (verb)
To reach a climax; to come to the decisive point (especially as an end or conclusion). (verb)
To finalize, bring to a conclusion, form the climax of. (verb)
Examples of word culminate
"What this will do - and I hate to use the word culminate - but this will culminate in a strategic plan and then go into an implementation phase.
Stalls for the thirty-eight-member choir face the congregation, and vaulted ceilings culminate in a magnificent triangular stained glass windowâ€”the only artwork in sight.
By the way, I'm delighted that similar public-engagement strategies will be broadly leveraged during the USA Science & Engineering Festival, which will culminate October 23-24 with an expo on the National Mall.
"The whole thing will culminate in New York," Ms. McGregor said.
"Deal flow has returned since July ... and most of the deals will culminate into orders in October-February," HCL Technologies Chief Executive Vineet Nayar told reporters at a news conference.