—v.i. 1. to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development (usually fol. by in).
2. to end or arrive at a final stage (usually fol. by in): The argument culminated in a fistfight. 3. to rise to or form an apex; terminate (usually fol. by in): The tower culminates in a tall spire. 4. Astron.(of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach the highest or the lowest altitude.
—v.t. to bring to a close; complete; climax: A rock song culminates the performance.