Definition of conclude
1 obsolete : to shut up : enclose
2 : to bring to an end especially in a particular way or with a particular action <conclude a meeting>
3a : 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>
4 : to bring about as a result : complete
1 : end <The festivities concluded at midnight.>
2a : to form a final judgmentb : to reach a decision or agreement
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.
Origin and Etymology of conclude
Middle English, from Latin concludere to shut up, end, infer, from com- + claudere to shut — more at close
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of conclude
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>.
CONCLUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conclude for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of conclude for Students
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.>
Word Root of conclude
The Latin word claudere, meaning “to close” or “to shut,” gives us the root clud. To exclude is to shut another out of a group. To include is to shut someone into a group. To conclude, or bring something, such as a speech, to an end, is to close it.
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