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peak (reach)

Definition:

to reach the highest point; to attain maximum intensity, activity

Class:

motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)

Past tense:

peaked

Present participle:

peaking

3rd-person singular present:

peaks

Type of:

reach

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

crest

Followed by:

uprise

Usage example:

That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929

Synonyms:

top out

Etymology:

"pointed top", variant of "pike" (2) "sharp point". Meaning "top of a mountain"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of peak...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Topping out | topping off

a builders' rite ceremony held when the last beam is placed at the top of a building. The term may also refer to the overall completion of the building's structure, or an intermediate point, such as when the roof is dried in. A topping out ceremony is ... (47 of 745 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Topping out

Random House Dictionary:

top | topped [past tense] | topping [present participle] | top- | tops [sense-specific] | blow one's top [sense-specific] | off the top of one's head [sense-specific] | on top [sense-specific] | on top of [sense-specific] | ...

the highest or loftiest point or part of anything; apex; summit. | the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything. | the higher end of ... (24 of 803 words, 50 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/top

American Heritage Dictionary:

top | topped [past tense] | topping [present participle] | tops [3rd-person singular present] | top off | top out

The uppermost part, point, surface, or end. | The part farthest from a given reference point | The crown of the head | The part of a plant, such as a ... (28 of 433 words, 31 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/top

Collins Dictionary:

top out [adverb]

to place the highest stone on (a building) or perform a ceremony on this occasion (15 of 323 words, 5 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/top-out

Macmillan British Dictionary:

top out [intransitive] | topped out [past tense] | topping out [present participle] | tops out [3rd-person singular present]

if a rate or an amount tops out, it reaches its highest level (13 of 66 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/top-out

Oxford Dictionary:

top out

reach an upper limit | See parent entry "top" (8 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/top out 1

Wiktionary:

top out | topped out [past tense] | topping out [present participle] | tops out [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to reach one's highest point | [intransitive] to quit one's career while at a successful time. | to complete construction of a tall building (23 of 24 words, 3 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/top out

Merriam-Webster:

peak [entry 1, noun] | promontory [synonym, sense-specific] | widow's peak [synonym, sense-specific] | alp [synonym, sense-specific] | hump [synonym, sense-specific] | mount [synonym, sense-specific] | mountain [synonym, sense-specific] | bottom [antonym, sense-specific] | nadir [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a pointed or projecting part of a garment ; especially, the visor of a cap or hat | "promontory" | a sharp or pointed end | the top of a hill or ... (29 of 243 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak

peak [entry 2, verb]

to reach a maximum (as of capacity, value, or activity) [often used with "out"] | to cause to come to a peak, point, or maximum (24 of 39 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak show=1

peak [entry 3, adjective]

being at or reaching the maximum ; also, of, relating to, or being a period of maximum intensity or activity (20 of 63 words, 3 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak show=2

peak [entry 4, verb]

to grow thin or sickly | to dwindle away (8 of 24 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak show=3

peak [entry 5, verb]

to set (as a gaff) nearer the perpendicular | to hold (oars) with blades well raised (15 of 33 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak show=4

New World Dictionary:

peak

to become sickly; waste away; droop | a tapering part that projects; pointed end or top, as of a cap, roof, etc. | part of the hairline coming to a ... (28 of 155 words, 12 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/peak

Cambridge Dictionary:

peak [entry 1]

the highest, strongest or best point, value or level of skill (11 of 53 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 1

peak [entry 2]

the pointed top of a mountain, or the mountain itself (10 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 2

peak [entry 3, British] | visor

([United States] "visor") the flat curved part of a cap which goes above the eyes of the person who is wearing it (22 of 33 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 3

peak [entry 4]

peak times are the times when most people are using or doing something | peak levels or rates are when they are at their highest (24 of 74 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 4

peak [entry 5]

to reach the highest, strongest or best point, value or level of skill (13 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 5

Encarta Dictionary:

top out

to add the final story or other structural feature to a building under construction, usually as part of an official ceremony (21 of 30 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561535187​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

peak

First use: 1520s

Origin: "pointed top", variant of "pike" (2) "sharp point". Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense about ... (25 of 97 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=peak

Collins Dictionary:

peak

First use: 16th century

Origin: perhaps from pike2, influenced by beak1; compare Spanish pico, French pic, Middle Low German pēk

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/peak

American Heritage Dictionary:

peak | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle] | peaks [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Probably Middle English pike, peke; see "pike" [entry 5]. | unknown

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/peak

New World Dictionary:

peak

Origin: unknown | variant of "pike"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/peak

Wiktionary:

peak | peaks [plural] | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle]

Origin: Unknown

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/peak

Oxford Dictionary:

peak [entry 1]

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: probably a back-formation from peaked, variant of dialect picked "pointed"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/peak

peak [entry 2]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: of unknown origin. The phrase peak and pine derives its currency from Shakespeare

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/peak--2

peak [entry 2, intransitive, archaic]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: unknown

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/peak--2

Merriam-Webster:

peak [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1530

Origin: perhaps alteration of pike

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak

peak [entry 4, verb]

First use: 1605

Origin: unknown

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/peak show=3

peak [entry 5, verb]

First use: 1626

Origin: apeak held vertically

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apeak

First use: 1596

Origin: alteration of earlier apike, probably from French à pic vertically

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/apeak

Encarta Dictionary:

peak [entry 1] | peaks [plural] | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Back-formation from peaked [entry 1], or variant of pike "long pointed object, steep summit", origin ?

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861724435​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

peak

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "peak"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/peak

Macmillan British Dictionary:

peak [countable] | peaks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/peak

peak [intransitive, verb] | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle] | peaks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/peak 26

peak [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/peak 19

Macmillan American Dictionary:

peak [countable] | peaks [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/peak

peak [intransitive, verb] | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle] | peaks [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/peak 19

peak [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "peak"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/peak 28

Cambridge Dictionary:

peak [entry 4]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "peak"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "peak"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/peak 4

the Free Dictionary:

peak

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "peak"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "peak"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "peak" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/peak

Google Dictionary:

peak | peaks [plural] | peaked [past tense] | peaking [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "peak"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

peak

Audio: North American pronunciation of "peak"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=peak​0001 word=peak

YourDictionary Audio:

peak

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "peak" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/peak

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