To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead.
- To reach the highest point or degree; climax: habitual antagonism that culminated in open hostility.
- To come to completion; end: Years of waiting culminated in a tearful reunion.
- Astronomy To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon. Used of stars and other celestial bodies.
- To bring to the point of greatest intensity or to completion; climax: The ceremony culminated a long week of preparation.