culminate-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: End, especially to reach a final stage; bring to the head or the highest point of achievement.

The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace.
Seurat culminated pointillism.
Golding culminated the novel with the destruction of the island.
In him culminated the movement to make the speech of the Vedic schools
a thoroughly musical, trustworthy, intelligible, and polished
It is the belief of the bull party in Wall Street that in the week
just past the bear movement in stocks culminated.
The stock market proceeded to tumble into what culminated as the
largest 1 day decline in history.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: culminate.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: Reach the highest altitude, or meridian, of a celestial body; rise to, or form, a summit.

NOTE: Must be concrete. Compare to Sense 1.

The barren Southeast, Northeast, and West ridges culminate in the
Everest summit.
The helmet culminated in a crest.

VerbNet: NP
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 5