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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Recent Examples on the Web The testing at Waupun began Tuesday and is expected to conclude Thursday, according to DOC spokeswoman Anna Neal. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Close to 44% of coronavirus tests at Waupun Correctional Institution come back positive," 27 May 2020 The available evidence left experts to conclude that fingers were not part of the initial fin-to-limb transition. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 Marc Stein of The New York Times reported Tuesday afternoon that teams could conduct brief training camps at their own facilities before heading to one or two sites to conclude the season, and that Orlando and Las Vegas are the likely destinations. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Orlando, Disney World reportedly emerging as frontrunner to host reopened NBA," 20 May 2020 This leaves me to conclude that the difference in Firefox 76.0.1 launch times between the two distros isn't due to an unavoidable sluggishness of the distro as a whole but merely a packaging quirk. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Linux distro review: Fedora Workstation 32," 19 May 2020 Alshamrani paused to fire at his iPhone during a firefight with security officers and he was found with a second, badly damaged phone that the Saudi destroyed, leading investigators to conclude that the devices held important data. Katie Bennerand Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "FBI finds links between Pensacola gunman and Al Qaeda," 18 May 2020 This bind led Zapffe to conclude that life was not worth living, and the best solution for the human race was to simply die out. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Making Life Cheap," 18 May 2020 According toCommissioner Rob Manfred, there wasn’t enough evidence to conclude that the Red Sox cheated in the 2018 postseason. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Red Sox get their ‘punishment’," 23 Apr. 2020 The problem: There's no science to conclude that plastic is less likely to transmit the coronavirus than other surfaces. CBS News, "Coronavirus updates: U.S. death toll tops 14,000 as New York reports deadliest day," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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“Conclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclude. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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conclude

verb
How to pronounce conclude (audio)

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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