conclude

verb con·clude \ kən-ˈklüd \

Definition of conclude

concluded; concluding
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
3 a :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.
2 a :to form a final judgment
b :to reach a decision or agreement

concluder

noun

Examples of conclude in a Sentence

  1. The investigation has not yet concluded.

  2. The meeting concluded at noon.

  3. The chairman concluded by wishing us all a happy holiday.

  4. We concluded the meeting on a happy note.

  5. The chairman concluded his speech by wishing us all a happy holiday.

  6. We conclude from our review of the evidence that they are right.

  7. Many studies have concluded that smoking is dangerous.

  8. The speech, many historians concluded, was the most important of his career.

  9. Their effort to conclude an agreement was a success.

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Origin and Etymology of conclude

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

conclude Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

CONCLUDE Defined for English Language Learners

conclude

verb

Definition of conclude for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

conclude

verb con·clude \ kən-ˈklüd \

Definition of conclude for Students

concluded; concluding
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.

Word Root of conclude

The Latin word claudere, meaning “to close” or “to shut,” gives us the root clud. To exclude is to shut another out of a group. To include is to shut someone into a group. To conclude, or bring something, such as a speech, to an end, is to close it.



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