Definition of conclude in English:

conclude

verb

  • 1Bring or come to an end:

    [with object] ‘they conclude their study with these words’
    [no object] ‘the talk concluded with slides’
    • ‘The study's concluding chapter concerns itself with the culminating philosophy of the Gurdjieff movement in Harlem.’
    • ‘It has promised a period of consultation once the study is concluded, with a view to introducing new weight structures for flat and jump racing next season.’
    • ‘It is often accompanied by the shaking of hands, concluded by bringing the right palm to one's chest.’
    • ‘Due to other commitments which largely include concluding his studies in International business, he will only be able to hold shows two or three times a year.’
    • ‘Then, with a sigh, she concluded her duty by bringing Thatcher his tea and bread.’
    • ‘The martial beat of ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’ (a hymn I stopped singing decades ago) concludes the service.’
    • ‘Father Charles Sweeney and Rev Bruce Hayes switch on Castletownshend Christmas lights at 6 p.m. and carol singing concludes a great day out for all the family.’
    finish, end, come to an end, draw to a close, wind up, be over, stop, terminate, close, cease
    bring to an end, bring to a close, finish, close, wind up, terminate, dissolve
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    1. 1.1[with object] Formally and finally settle or arrange (an agreement):
      ‘an attempt to conclude a ceasefire’
      • ‘Arab states - even the few that have concluded formal peace agreements - have refused to normalize relations with Israel.’
      • ‘In 1667, Milton finally concluded an agreement with a publisher for the printing of Paradise Lost.’
      • ‘Consultation and negotiation in good faith are required, not as a mere formality, but as a genuine attempt to conclude an agreement.’
      • ‘The way they finally reversed that trend was to conclude an agreement with Castro that anybody hijacking planes to Cuba would be immediately arrested and put in jail for forty years.’
      • ‘The foreign minister said he is calling a meeting Tuesday among pertinent cabinet ministers on the presupposition that the two leaders might decide to enter negotiations on concluding an agreement.’
      • ‘The narrative sources in particular are full of accounts of embassies and special meetings to arrange truces or conclude peace between warring bands.’
      • ‘Peace was finally concluded by the Treaty of Ryswick.’
      • ‘Russia recalled its forces but did not conclude a formal peace.’
      • ‘So, more studies are needed before concluding the maximum amount of additives for each ingredient and deciding whether the foods qualify under the regulation.’
      • ‘A peace was finally concluded by which Spain received the island of Minorca in place of Gibraltar.’
      • ‘The new shareholder has declared the intention to conclude agreements with the plant's creditors and restore the production.’
      • ‘‘We concluded a formal agreement when we created our coalition, setting down our relations if we took power jointly,’ said Tymoshenko.’
      • ‘We are delighted to have concluded this manufacturing agreement with Tata Engineering.’
      • ‘Al Beshir said the peace agreement signed concluded Sudan's independence of 1956, which had been incomplete due to the war in the south.’
      • ‘Negotiations to conclude a new agreement failed.’
      • ‘All of Edinburgh's contract negotiations for the coming season have now been concluded, bringing the squad to 27 players.’
      • ‘In 1997 Japanese prime minister Hashimoto Ryutaro and Boris Yeltsin set a goal of concluding a formal peace treaty, which would also resolve the status of the disputed islands, by the end of this year.’
      • ‘At their summit in Tokyo, Goh and Mori are expected to announce the launch of negotiations for concluding a free-trade agreement.’
      • ‘Despite efforts to resolve the issues in dispute, no settlement was reached and no agreement was concluded.’
      • ‘He was about to conclude a peace agreement with Syria.’
      negotiate, reach an agreement on, agree, come to terms on, reach terms on, broker, settle, seal, set the seal on, clinch, finalize, tie up, complete, shake hands on, close, bring about, arrange, effect, engineer, accomplish, establish, resolve, work out, pull off, bring off, thrash out, hammer out
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  • 2[with clause] Arrive at a judgement or opinion by reasoning:

    ‘the doctors concluded that Esther had suffered a stroke’
    ‘what do you conclude from all this?’
    • ‘The lesson for fashion outlets is to ensure that they really do provide customer service, the study concludes.’
    • ‘The study concludes that over the nineteen-year period Australia's relative citation impact has declined, unlike other countries.’
    • ‘Research is still divided about the risk that mobile phones pose, with some studies concluding that microwave radiation can cause cancer, affect blood pressure and bring about memory problems.’
    • ‘A recent national study concludes that 25 percent of adult women have experienced violence from a romantic partner.’
    • ‘The study concluded, as the majority of mall traders already know, that most anti-social behaviour and criminal damage is carried out along the mall in hours of darkness.’
    • ‘Scientists from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University concluded in a study two years ago that bad air quality can be linked to increased hospital admissions and respiratory ailments.’
    • ‘However, the study team concluded women who spent years trying to conceive were 2.7 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer.’
    • ‘Numerous studies conclude that playing music to babies in the womb and in the early years helps build the neural bridges along which thoughts and information travel.’
    • ‘However a US government study has concluded armed terrorists could get at a nuclear cargo by using explosives to blow open the transport casks.’
    • ‘Of course it doesn't help arriving from England because everyone concludes that I've brought the weather with me.’
    • ‘For all those reasons, the judge concluded that the defendant had failed to show prejudice resulting from the delay.’
    • ‘The new leaflet draws on a number of international clinical studies and concludes that precautions must be taken when using mobile phones.’
    • ‘The study concludes that while there might be quality teaching in individual classes in secondary schools, the disjointed approach does not serve pupils well.’
    • ‘Indeed, Schwartz was also the primary author of a study concluding that obese people whose systems secrete insulin at high levels may be protected against further weight gain.’
    • ‘The study concludes the only practical way to avoid those costs is to enforce the law, and reduce the number of illegal aliens in this country.’
    • ‘The British, the author of this scholarly and objective study concludes, lost both the will and the ability to rule by force.’
    • ‘This study concludes that the schools in the Southeast are totally unprepared for this wave of immigration.’
    • ‘The changes will also lead to an increase in the number of problem gamblers, the study concludes.’
    • ‘All studies on privatization always conclude that mere privatization is not enough.’
    • ‘The study concludes that an inter-hospital transfer service would be the most appropriate in an all-island context.’
    come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, gather, judge, decide
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    1. 2.1[with direct speech] Say in conclusion:
      ‘‘It's a wicked old world,’ she concluded’
      • ‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank Charles Meiklereid for the outstanding contribution he has made to the Newbridge Chamber and wish him every future success, Ms Ducas concluded.’
      • ‘The Henley report concludes: ‘The effect of lottery funding on the UK as a whole has been profoundly positive.’’
      • ‘One leg of the journey completed, the chapter concluded.’
      • ‘Reporting his study, he concluded, ‘The only outcome was, Hoechst became richer by a few million Deutsche Marks.’’
      • ‘The evening concluded with a performance by the Ceoltas Group while all who attended received a commemorative ornament, courtesy of Carlow County Council.’
      • ‘Devi's journey concluded safely when she reached Kirinda in the south, where she was married to the king, Kavantissa, and given the name Viharamahadevi.’
      • ‘In China itself, the official Xinhua news agency gave a factual report on US missile test, quoting a Pentagon statement on its success, and concluded: "Arms control experts said the US missile defence plan will threaten world peace and security".’
      • ‘‘There is an increasing belief that not having children is the ideal way of life,’ the authors of the study concluded.’
      • ‘‘I hope I gave my teammates a boost with my performance,’ he concluded.’
      • ‘‘It's no one's fault,’ Harmony concluded, deciding to lay down.’
      • ‘‘These are extremely difficult times for the Company and it is essential that as successful a sale as possible is achieved,’ he concluded.’
      • ‘Bennett considers the self-censoring effect of taste and concludes, ‘I have too much taste, find it hard to let go.’’
      • ‘‘Therefore the trial may pose a threat to the environment,’ the study concludes, in contrast to the statements made by the Scottish Executive.’
      • ‘This development is a tremendous example of what can be achieved, he concluded…’
      • ‘‘The road will be hard but my government and I are confident of our success,’ he concluded.’
      • ‘‘Overall, the risk of treatment outweighed the benefits during 5.6 years of treatment,’ they concluded in their study.’
      • ‘An Age Concern report on older consumers concludes: ‘The era when older people saved their money for a rainy day is over.’’
      • ‘‘All we can hope for is a better, more peaceful future for everyone but after this tragedy it will be even harder to achieve,’ he concluded.’
    2. 2.2US dated [with infinitive] Decide to do something:
      ‘we found some bread, which we concluded to eat’
      • ‘Why the Impecunious Girl Concluded to Give Up Her Flat for the Summer.’
      • ‘After staying there for a while I concluded to go back to the Lake.’
      • ‘When I first concluded to print the book, I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.’
      • ‘They Have Concluded to Have a Building of Their Own.’

Phrases

  • conclude missives

    • (of a buyer) sign a contract with the vendor of a property or piece of land to signify change of ownership.

      • ‘However, even if the seller does otherwise like the offer, he will not conclude missives with such a condition as part of the contract.’
      • ‘When you have concluded missives, you are on your way to getting the keys for your new home.’
      • ‘Once an acceptable offer is received for your property, our policy is to conclude missives and make the contract binding without delay.’
      • ‘In the event that the landlords would not have agreed to such a request, the pursuers would not have concluded missives and entered into the lease.’
      • ‘Professionals, however would be required to conclude missives and do all conveyancing.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘convince’): from Latin concludere, from con- completely + claudere to shut.

Pronunciation

conclude

/kənˈkluːd/