culminate

culminate [kul′mə nāt΄]
vi.
culminated, culminating [< ML culminatus, pp. of culminare < L culmen (gen. culminis), peak, summit, contr. of columen: see COLUMN]
1. to reach its highest or lowest altitude: said of a celestial body
2. to reach its highest point or climax; result (in)
vt.
to bring to its climax; cap

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