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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After Rosenstein downgraded the case from criminal to civil, other Trump appointees concluded that the settlement amount should be about half of what staff prosecutors in the District of Massachusetts had sought. Jesse Eisinger, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Political Appointees Overruled Tougher Settlements With Big Banks," 4 Aug. 2019 The fire in Paradise, the nation’s deadliest in nearly a century, and 18 more in California in 2017 were caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, investigators concluded. Matt Volz, The Denver Post, "Senators to introduce bipartisan wildfire bill," 1 Aug. 2019 Because of the statistics, the institute concluded that for a typical family in the state, child care is not an affordable option at present. Shannon Larson, courant.com, "Connecticut among the most expensive states when it comes to child care, research shows," 31 July 2019 It's set to begin at 77th Street and Central Park West in New York City, before heading south to 34th Street and concluding around Macy's Herald Square. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2019: Route, Streaming Information, Time, and History," 30 July 2019 Nearly two years later, Operation Spa LLC is nearly concluded, with sentences for prostitution, racketeering and money laundering – but no one faces a human trafficking charge. USA Today, "Sex trafficking is behind the lucrative illicit massage business. Why police can't stop it.," 30 July 2019 The original Fox series concluded in 2000, after a 10-season run. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Brian Austin Green reacts to BH90210 trading cards: 'What have I done'," 26 July 2019 In 2001, a naval historian concluded that the symbols on the ship matched the German Navy submarine U-853, and that the underwater warship had sunk PE-56. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunk in the Final Days of WWII, a U.S. Patrol Boat Is Found Off the Coast of Maine," 23 July 2019 Adjusted for the strength of the economy, Trump suffered the worst midterm loss of any sitting president in 100 years, JP Morgan concluded. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "Data show America’s future is more “squad” than “send her back”," 20 July 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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