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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from conclude

concluder noun

Choose the Right Synonym for conclude

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Research from the Fed concluded that 11 to 35 percent of the decline in homeownership for 28-to-30-year-olds between 2007 and 2015 was a result of student loan debt. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Why aren’t millennials buying houses?," 11 July 2018 The medical examiners office concluded Couillard died of heroin and ethanol intoxication. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018 The investigation into Richardson and the Panthers organization concluded in June, finding evidence that substantiated claims of workplace misconduct by Richardson. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Sale of Panthers to David Tepper finalized. Here's what we know, and what's next," 9 July 2018 By the time the Sporting KC regular season concludes in October, Russell will have played 16 months without a true offseason. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "It’s been a taxing year for Johnny Russell. Sporting KC should proceed with caution," 6 July 2018 In that case, Thapar concluded driving was critical to the job and the company did not have a legal obligation to employ someone who couldn't do it. Dan Horn,, "Cincinnati and the Supreme Court: Two judges here are on Trump's list for high court," 28 June 2018 In 2016, a review of 1,000 studies published in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that GMO crops aren’t a risk to humans. Susmita Baral, Teen Vogue, "Genetically Modified Food Labels Are Coming, Here's What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 The trial, 35 years in the making, concluded in less than four days, half the time expected. Christian Boone, ajc, "Old doubts quashed, new ones raised as cold case killing goes to jury," 25 June 2018 Opportunities include a family canoe trip, inclusive of on-shore games, as well as a brand new canoe-and-dine pairing where paddlers are invited to enjoy a 90-minute paddling excursion followed by a full meal concluding in s’mores around a bonfire. Grace Dickinson,, "Where to rent and use kayaks and canoes in and near Philadelphia," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conclude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about conclude

Statistics for conclude

Last Updated

5 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for conclude

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for conclude



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


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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on conclude

What made you want to look up conclude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!