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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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 researchers conclude that the mosaic floor probably belonged to a grand home in a residential area near the industrial zone. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Colorful, 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic Adorned With Geometric Patterns Found in Israel," 26 Apr. 2021 Monday’s court filing is just one step in a long legal process that could take months, if not more than a year, to conclude. New York Times, "Deshaun Watson Calls Civil Suits ‘Simply Not True’ in Legal Filing," 19 Apr. 2021 Gates will open an hour before first pitch at 2:05 p.m., which is after the team will conclude batting practice. Nathan Ruiz,, "What you need to know if you’re attending Orioles Opening Day at Camden Yards," 7 Apr. 2021 The consensus of major corporations conclude that there will be a flexible hybrid system. Jack Kelly, Forbes, "Companies Pressured People To Work Painfully Long Hours During The Pandemic—As The Job Market Heats Up, Workers Will Now Have The Power," 7 Apr. 2021 Neumark and Shirley conclude that the Fight for $15 would yield a 16 percent decline in low-skilled employment. Stephen J. K. Walters, National Review, "Minimum-Wage Hikes Hurt the Unskilled," 7 Apr. 2021 The researchers conclude that this increase has indeed been due to a combination of mainly rising concentrations of greenhouse gases and, to a lesser degree, recent reductions in aerosol emissions. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "NASA measures direct evidence humans are causing climate change," 2 Apr. 2021 The rankings conclude with the guy suspected to be the starter under center for Week 1. Dallas News, "Texas Tech offseason breakout candidates: QB Tyler Shough looks to improve the offense in first year," 1 Apr. 2021 The block includes the former Continental Hotel, 322 W. Commerce St. Weston Urban is in negotiations with the city to conclude its $4.7 million purchase of the hotel and an adjacent vacant lot. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "'The real deal' - historic house was Texian Army headquarters during the Texas Revolution. Should a developer be allowed to move it?," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Conclude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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


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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