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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The end of Dark Phoenix played almost like an epilogue, setting each character on a new path that effectively concluded their stories from the film franchise. Sydney Bucksbaum, refinery29.com, "Dark Phoenix May Be The End Of The X-Men Franchise As We Know It," 10 June 2019 The season that concluded in late April was a middling one for new musicals. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Tony Awards 2019: ‘Hadestown’ wins best musical, and ‘The Ferryman’ snags best play," 9 June 2019 Oregon has four team points banked thanks to freshman Max Vollmer’s fifth-place finish in the decathlon, which concluded yesterday. oregonlive.com, "Ducks reach for trophy as men’s action concludes today at the NCAA Championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 7 June 2019 Already companies have pledged more than $2 billion for rights to use the frequencies, bidding in an auction run by the FCC that concluded May 28, with AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. winning airwaves rights. Todd Shields, sun-sentinel.com, "5G wireless signals could reduce accuracy of hurricane forecasting, scientists warn," 6 June 2019 Brusson touts BlaBlaCar not just for cost and convenience, but for environmental benefits, citing a study that concluded BlaBlaCar was reducing CO2 emissions by 1.6 million tons a year. Alan Murray, Fortune, "So Much for Fiat Chrysler and Renault: CEO Daily," 6 June 2019 Cypress Ranch High School had three players selected in this year's Major League Baseball Draft, which concluded Wednesday evening. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former Houston high school stars taken in this year's MLB Draft," 6 June 2019 Diggs was scarce at the TCO Performance Center during the first month of drills and missed about half of the 10 voluntary organized team activity sessions, which concluded Thursday. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings GM Rick Spielman trying to push QB Kirk Cousins to ‘next level’," 6 June 2019 This curious state of affairs coincides with a boom on Broadway, whose shows overall grossed a record $1.8 billion in the season that recently concluded. Charles Passy, WSJ, "A ‘Hamilton’ Ticket for $849? Experts Call That a Bargain," 6 June 2019

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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

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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 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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