1. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

    Synonyms : climax
    Type Of : finish, cease, stop, terminate, end
    Examples :
    • The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace
  2. bring to a head or to the highest point

    Type Of : terminate, end
    Examples :
    • Seurat culminated pointillism
  3. reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body

    Type Of : reach, attain, gain, hit, make, arrive at
  4. reach the highest or most decisive point

    Type Of : accomplish, achieve, attain, reach
  5. rise to, or form, a summit

    Type Of : form
    Examples :
    • The helmet culminated in a crest


  1. (chemistry) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected

    Synonyms : accelerator
    Antonyms : anticatalyst
    Type Of : activator
  2. something that causes an important event to happen

    Type Of : causal agent, causal agency, cause
    Examples :
    • the invasion acted as a catalyst to unite the country


  1. a final climactic stage

    Synonyms : apogee
    Type Of : stage, phase
    Examples :
    • their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development
  2. the decisive moment in a novel or play

    Synonyms : climax
    Type Of : minute, second, instant, moment
  3. a concluding action

    Synonyms : closing, completion, mop up, windup
    Type Of : termination, conclusion, ending
  4. (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon

    Type Of : celestial point


  1. judge or regard; look upon; judge

    Synonyms : believe, consider, think
    Type Of : judge, evaluate, pass judgment
    Examples :
    • The racist conceives such people to be inferior
  2. have the idea for

    Synonyms : conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate
    Type Of : create mentally, create by mental act
    Examples :
    • He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients
    • This library was well conceived
  3. become pregnant; undergo conception

    Type Of : turn, change state
    Examples :
    • She cannot conceive
    • My daughter was conceived in Christmas Day


  1. severely destructive

    Synonyms : cataclysmal
    Examples :
    • cataclysmic nuclear war
    • a cataclysmic earthquake


  1. make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

    Synonyms : fine-tune, graduate
    Type Of : correct, adjust, set
    Examples :
    • calibrate an instrument
  2. mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units

    Type Of : tag, label, mark
    Examples :
    • he calibrated the thermometer for the Celsius scale
  3. measure the caliber of

    Type Of : mensurate, measure out, measure
    Examples :
    • calibrate a gun


  1. a rhythmical work song originally sung by sailors

    Synonyms : chanty, sea chantey, shanty
    Type Of : work song


  1. a crusty irascible cantankerous old person full of stubborn ideas

    Type Of : golden ager, old person, oldster, senior citizen


  1. the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food

    Type Of : body, dead body


  1. corresponding in character or kind

    Synonyms : congruous
  2. coinciding when superimposed

    Antonyms : incongruent