conclude

verb
con·​clude | \kən-ˈklüd \
concluded; concluding

Definition of conclude 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to shut up : enclose

2 : to bring to an end especially in a particular way or with a particular action conclude a meeting

3a : 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

4 : to bring about as a result : complete

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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The studies concluded that this year the world would spew 40.9 billion tons (37.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide, up from 39.8 billion tons (36.2 billion metric tons) last year. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 Especially since a review published in Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases concluded that, while the current evidence on zinc's efficacy is limited, what is available looks promising. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "5 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 16 Oct. 2018 The United States isn't one of them, though a recent ruling in a federal court in Colorado this month concluded that the U.S. State Department can't reject a passport application if the traveler chooses not to select a gender. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Outdated Gender Norms You Encounter When Booking Your Plane Ticket," 27 Sep. 2018 In 2011, a NASA study concluded that the Earth is not expanding by any statistically significant amount. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Anandtech, however, did the math and concluded that the spec allows for 4K @ 120Hz with 8 bits per color. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Virtual reality giants unveil VirtualLink as a standardized cable that may simplify VR rigs," 17 July 2018 Saturday events conclude with a picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and a bonfire at 7:15 p.m. Sunday events open at 9:30 a.m. with a dedication of a memorial garden and walkway. Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church to celebrate anniversary," 12 July 2018 Other studies conclude that breastfeeding may cut a child’s risk of developing allergies and asthma. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Why breastfeeding is best, despite that Trump administration uproar," 9 July 2018 The review concluded that improving on these risk factors could prevent more than a third of dementia cases across the globe. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of conclude

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for conclude

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

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conclude

verb

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 \
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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