conclude

verb
con·​clude | \ kən-ˈklüd How to pronounce conclude (audio) \
concluded; concluding

Definition of conclude

transitive verb

1 : to bring to an end especially in a particular way or with a particular action conclude a meeting
2a : to reach as a logically necessary end by reasoning : infer on the basis of evidence concluded that her argument was sound
b : to make a decision about : decide concluded he would wait a little longer
c : to come to an agreement on : effect conclude a sale concluded a peace treaty
3 : to bring about as a result : complete
4 obsolete : to shut up : enclose

intransitive verb

1 : end The festivities concluded at midnight.
2a : to form a final judgment
b : to reach a decision or agreement

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Other Words from conclude

concluder noun

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close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

infer, deduce, conclude, judge, gather mean to arrive at a mental conclusion. infer implies arriving at a conclusion by reasoning from evidence; if the evidence is slight, the term comes close to surmise. from that remark, I inferred that they knew each other deduce often adds to infer the special implication of drawing a particular inference from a generalization. denied we could deduce anything important from human mortality conclude implies arriving at a necessary inference at the end of a chain of reasoning. concluded that only the accused could be guilty judge stresses a weighing of the evidence on which a conclusion is based. judge people by their actions gather suggests an intuitive forming of a conclusion from implications. gathered their desire to be alone without a word

Examples of conclude in a Sentence

The investigation has not yet concluded. The meeting concluded at noon. The chairman concluded by wishing us all a happy holiday. We concluded the meeting on a happy note. The chairman concluded his speech by wishing us all a happy holiday. We conclude from our review of the evidence that they are right. Many studies have concluded that smoking is dangerous. The speech, many historians concluded, was the most important of his career. Their effort to conclude an agreement was a success.
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Recent Examples on the Web The program begins at 7 PM and will conclude by 8:30. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Strange team, strange season for John Brannen, UC Bearcats," 20 Feb. 2020 An investigation by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Conviction Integrity Unit concluded that Ward did not commit the murders, according to a news release. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit man exonerated after serving 27 years in prison for murder," 20 Feb. 2020 But the platform also was used to help fuel a genocide in Myanmar, a U.N. report concluded, and has been used to live-stream violence, including video of a massacre at a New Zealand mosque. Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook," 20 Feb. 2020 Play at the other three regionals concluded Wednesday. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Live updates from Thursday’s HS basketball regional in Montgomery," 20 Feb. 2020 All told, the study concludes, a single-payer system akin to Sanders’s plan would slash the nation’s health-care expenditures by 13 percent, or more than $450 billion, each year. Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, "Here’s that Medicare-for-all study Bernie Sanders keeps bringing up," 20 Feb. 2020 The paper concludes that the gut flora varies because of seasonal shifts in diet. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "Sexual misconduct legal battle raises questions about microbe researcher’s work," 19 Feb. 2020 On a steady platform, their research concluded, heifers likely won't spew their cud. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "Floating Farms May Help Reinvent the World's Food Ecosystems," 18 Feb. 2020 The league concluded that in 2017, the Astros illegally used video footage to steal signs from opposing pitchers and catchers and alerted their own batters about what pitch was coming by banging on a trash can. Jordan Freiman, CBS News, "LeBron James calls out MLB commissioner over handling of Astros cheating scandal," 18 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of conclude

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4

History and Etymology for conclude

Middle English, from Latin concludere to shut up, end, infer, from com- + claudere to shut — more at close entry 1

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The first known use of conclude was in the 14th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclude. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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conclude

verb
How to pronounce conclude (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of conclude

: to stop or finish : to come to an end : to end in a particular way or with a particular action
: to cause (something) to stop or finish : to end (something) in a particular way or with a particular action
: to form or state (an opinion) : to decide (something) after a period of thought or research

conclude

verb
con·​clude | \ kən-ˈklüd How to pronounce conclude (audio) \
concluded; concluding

Kids Definition of conclude

1 : to bring or come to an end : finish conclude a speech
2 : to decide after a period of thought or research I conclude that I was wrong.
3 : to bring about as a result They would like to conclude an agreement on working together.

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