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conclude

[kuh n-klood] /kənˈklud/
verb (used with object), concluded, concluding.
1.
to bring to an end; finish; terminate:
to conclude a speech with a quotation from the Bible.
2.
to say in conclusion:
At the end of the speech he concluded that we had been a fine audience.
3.
to bring to a decision or settlement; settle or arrange finally:
to conclude a treaty.
4.
to determine by reasoning; deduce; infer:
They studied the document and concluded that the author must have been an eyewitness.
5.
to decide, determine, or resolve:
He concluded that he would go no matter what the weather.
6.
Obsolete.
  1. to shut up or enclose.
  2. to restrict or confine.
verb (used without object), concluded, concluding.
7.
to come to an end; finish:
The meeting concluded at ten o'clock.
8.
to arrive at an opinion or judgment; come to a decision; decide:
The jury concluded to set the accused free.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin conclūdere to close, end an argument, equivalent to con- con- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related forms
concludable, concludible, adjective
concluder, noun
nonconcluding, adjective
preconclude, verb (used with object), preconcluded, preconcluding.
unconcludable, adjective
unconcluded, adjective
well-concluded, adjective
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  • But it is time to conclude this introduction lest it anticipate and forestall the work, instead of merely preceding it.
  • We conclude, therefore, that it connotes a personal relation as well as the notion of singularity.
  • From the ratio of shoppers to elevators, he might conclude that they were not.
  • We might simply conclude that mission statements do not matter.
  • It is difficult to invest the time, energy, and resources on something and to conclude that the results should not be published.
  • Only if the antibiotic group healed faster than the placebo group could you conclude that the antibiotic caused the improvement.
  • conclude with a discussion of the reasons why weather maps can be useful.
  • Ask students to conclude their reports with an explanation of what they learned by conducting earthquake research.
  • The researchers conclude that the smaller dinosaur was oddly proportioned even for a sauropod.
  • Instead, it's more likely that the craters found by the working group have volcanic origins, the impact skeptics conclude.
British Dictionary definitions for conclude

conclude

/kənˈkluːd/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to come or cause to come to an end or conclusion
2.
(takes a clause as object) to decide by reasoning; deduce: the judge concluded that the witness had told the truth
3.
to arrange finally; settle: to conclude a treaty, it was concluded that he should go
4.
(obsolete) to confine
Derived Forms
concluder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin conclūdere to enclose, end, from claudere to close
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Word Origin and History for conclude
v.

early 14c., "end an argument," from Latin concludere "to shut up, enclose," from com- "together" (see com-) + -cludere, comb. form of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Meaning "reach a mental conclusion, deduce" is from late 14c., a sense also in Latin. Related: Concluded; concluding.

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