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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The review concluded that there wasn't enough high-quality evidence to say how much (if at all) PFMT helped with urinary incontinence or quality of life in those who had it. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Coachella, which just concluded, is of course the most popular. Gianluca Russo, Glamour, "Fat People Like Music and Crop-Tops, Too. When Will Festival Fashion Catch Up?," 26 Apr. 2019 Teams play a 24-game schedule that concludes on Oct. 12. Anne Peterson, The Seattle Times, "Questions surround National Women’s Soccer League’s health heading into seventh season," 12 Apr. 2019 After dinner, guests were joined by those attending the after-party, which concluded with a performance by the Killers that had guests dancing in and out of their seats. Cameron Bird, Vogue, "There Was Much to Celebrate at Sir Elton John’s Oscars Viewing Party," 25 Feb. 2019 Roscosmos just released new information from the investigation, which concluded this week. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Russia’s space agency reveals why last month’s rocket launch failed," 1 Nov. 2018 That's in line with a 2012 paper on the impact dynamics of hollow spheres partially filled with fluids, which concluded that a container filled to 30-percent capacity is the optimal amount to achieve the crucial damping effect. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick," 8 Oct. 2018 His dismissal followed a report from the inspector general's office earlier this year that concluded McCabe repeatedly deceived investigators. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe's lawyers file suit against FBI, DOJ and its watchdog," 2 Oct. 2018 The camp, which concludes on Sunday, drew about 20 children for a weekend of supportive activities at the former Mount Ida College campus. Amelia Nierenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It feels nice to be with other people who have been through it:’ At Camp Kangaroo, grieving kids come together to talk, reflect, and play," 14 July 2018

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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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