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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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 a seven-to-two vote, the panel concluded that the treatment, known as AR101, can reduce allergic reactions from accidental exposure to peanuts. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "First peanut allergy treatment gains backing from FDA advisory panel," 13 Sep. 2019 That may extend migration delays and their consequences, the study concludes. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Huge decline in songbirds linked to common insecticide," 12 Sep. 2019 The group concluded Evers is backing off of Walker's executive orders. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Evers administration scraps website tracking how state officials respond to requests for public information," 9 Sep. 2019 Amid the hand-wringing about negative societal and mental health effects of smartphones and social media, one study concluded technology has improved people’s cognitive abilities. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Lots of positives about students, schools amid increasing anxiety," 28 Aug. 2019 The study also concluded that 40 percent of deforestation would have the capability of reducing rainfall over 2,000 miles away. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "NASA Shows Amazon Rainforest Fires from Space as Environmentalists Caution About Impact on U.S.," 26 Aug. 2019 In fact, a recent study by Collateral Analytics concluded that selling to an iBuyer costs about 13 to 15 percent more than selling on the open market. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Keller Williams partners with Offerpad on iBuyer venture," 14 Aug. 2019 The study concluded that number disproportionately affects people of color and low-income workers — two populations unlikely to work for an employer that offers sick leave. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas city attorney responds to paid sick leave lawsuit, wants new judge in case," 14 Aug. 2019 After a nine-day break for the All-Star game, the Spurs conclude their trip with games at Utah and again at OKC. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Nine can’t-miss games in the Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule," 12 Aug. 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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