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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By mid-century, like most parts of the country, the risk will jump significantly, with the city seeing a median of between six and 25 flood days, the report concludes. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "High-tide flooding poses big problem for U.S., California, federal scientists warn," 10 July 2019 The race to replace May concludes at the end of this month, and Darroch was already set to depart at the end of this year. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Trump hits out at U.K.'s Theresa May and Ambassador Darroch after leak," 9 July 2019 The trailer concludes by introducing another evil, horned creature that helps Maleficent in her battle against Ingrith. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer Battle Over Elle Fanning in 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' Trailer," 8 July 2019 Many of those issues still dog the organization, the latest report concludes. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Grand Jury: Santa Clara County Fair still badly mismanaged," 6 July 2019 The biggest women's soccer tournament in the world concludes Sunday in France as the FIFA Women's World Cup crowns a champion. Kevin Dotson, CNN, "The Women's World Cup final isn't the only big game this weekend. Keep your eyes on Wimbledon, the Tour De France and MLB," 5 July 2019 The guilty plea concludes a four-year saga that landed one person in prison for life and got her and one other person long prison sentences for carrying out the murder-for-hire plot. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "McKinney woman gets 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to her role in planning husband's murder," 3 July 2019 The court concludes that the wording of the request sinks the request entirely, and no records whatsoever can be released. Washington Post, "Writer Krakauer denied records on college player’s rape case," 3 July 2019 Looking back from the vantage point of time, the book concludes that whatever the motive, the agency’s efforts were real. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Kennedy wanted Apollo to help integrate the South, but did it work?," 2 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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