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 This led them to conclude that humans were pushed toward a more varied diet within the last 100,00 years in Africa and within the last 50,000 years in Europe and Asia. Mike Wehner, BGR, "Scientists just figured out how long humans were apex predators," 6 Apr. 2021 Each day without an announcement has led experts to conclude that the Biden administration is likely to blow past the deadline. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "US eyes Russian moves in Ukraine with suspicion," 1 Apr. 2021 The initiative included the creation of 90 new shelters—a move that led critics to conclude de Blasio was more interested in managing the homelessness crisis than solving it. Megan Evershed, The New Republic, "How an Upper West Side Hotel Came to Embody the City’s Failure on Homelessness," 31 Mar. 2021 Using a virtual private network, or VPN, a tool that enables internet users to circumvent China’s elaborate system of web filters, resolved those issues, which led users to conclude that the app had been blocked in China. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "China Appears to Block Popular Encrypted Messaging App Signal," 16 Mar. 2021 However, the sheer number of incidents over the past few weeks has led security experts to conclude that other hacking groups have been exploiting the same vulnerabilities too. Martin Giles, Forbes, "Email Still Trumps Slack—That’s Why Hackers Are Targeting Microsoft Exchange Servers," 9 Mar. 2021 Those actions led disinformation researchers, including those at the Global Disinformation Index, to conclude there was coordination. New York Times, "Epoch Media Casts Wider Net to Spread Its Message Online," 9 Mar. 2021 Pontzer's pioneering research with the Hadza, a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, led him to conclude that, during evolution, we humans must have developed an innate ability to reallocate our body's energy usage. Gretchen Reynolds, Star Tribune, "What children of the Amazon can teach us about weight gain," 4 Mar. 2021 Those findings have led some to conclude that, if religion is good for you, being an atheist will be bad for your health. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Conclude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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