Definition of apogee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæpədʒiː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæpədʒiː//
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  1. 1(formal) the highest point of something, where it is greatest or most successful a religious community that was at its apogee in the twelfth century
  2. 2 (astronomy) the point in the orbit of the moon, a planet or other object in space when it is furthest from the planet, for example the earth, around which it turns compare perigee
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French apogée or modern Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion (diastēma), ‘(distance) away from earth’, from apo ‘from’ + gaia, ‘earth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: apogee