Synonyms & Antonyms of conclude

1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • a brief reminder of tonight's game concluded the announcements

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2 to come to an end
  • the concert concluded late in the evening

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3 to bring about through discussion and compromise
  • concluded an economic agreement among the world's leading industrial nations

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4 to come to a judgment about after discussion or consideration
  • he concluded that the reprimand could wait until later

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5 to form an opinion or reach a conclusion through reasoning and information
  • concluded that only the murderer could possibly have known that information

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How does the verb conclude differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of conclude are close, complete, end, finish, and terminate. While all these words mean "to bring or come to a stopping point or limit," conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).

the service concluded with a blessing

Where would close be a reasonable alternative to conclude?

While the synonyms close and conclude are close in meaning, close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished.

close a debate

When is it sensible to use complete instead of conclude?

The meanings of complete and conclude largely overlap; however, 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

When might end be a better fit than conclude?

The synonyms end and conclude are sometimes interchangeable, but end conveys a strong sense of finality.

ended his life

In what contexts can finish take the place of conclude?

The words finish and conclude can be used in similar contexts, but finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.

after it is painted, the house will be finished

When could terminate be used to replace conclude?

In some situations, the words terminate and conclude are roughly equivalent. However, terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.

your employment terminates after three months

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The first known use of conclude was in the 14th century

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“Conclude.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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