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 To its credit, the current administration keeps saying the right things, and is waiting for an outside investigation to conclude. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's latest sexual assault accuser puts Bo Schembechler's legacy in jeopardy," 31 July 2020 Obviously, last season isn't the way Vinatieri or anyone within the Colts franchise wanted his tenure in Indianapolis to conclude. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts: Vinatieri era in Indy seemingly over; McLaughlin, Blankenship to battle for job," 29 July 2020 The afternoon will conclude with drinks and light appetizers with staff, as well as a museum gift for each guest and tickets for general admission. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Everything But The House to auction off unique arts experiences," 9 July 2020 In Florida, investigations of police misconduct must conclude in 180 days. Zipporah Osei, ProPublica, "What Has Happened to Police Filmed Hurting Protesters? So Far, Very Little.," 29 July 2010 But a Yale University School of Public Health study would later conclude that the crisis could have been avoided if Indiana officials had taken action earlier. Washington Post, "Surgeon General Jerome Adams may be the nicest guy in the Trump administration. But is that what America needs right now?," 12 July 2020 The 24-month project is scheduled to conclude in January 2021. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Universal basic income cause gets a $3 million boost from Jack Dorsey," 10 July 2020 On Wednesday, Netflix announced that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will conclude with Part 4 of the series, meaning that the final eight episodes will be the series' last. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to end with Part 4," 9 July 2020 The show was set to conclude after its fifth season, but the streaming platform isn’t quite done with The Firm just yet. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "We’re Getting More Of The Crown Than We Thought — But Will We See Meghan & Harry?," 9 July 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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7 Aug 2020

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“Conclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conclude. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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