Definition of conclusion in US English:



  • 1The end or finish of an event or process.

    ‘the conclusion of World War Two’
    • ‘So the fact that I ended up extremely dirty at the conclusion of the event was no big deal to me.’
    • ‘The life force, the pulse carries you along to the final, exhausting conclusion.’
    • ‘I really would have liked to follow the French theme to its natural conclusion and finished my meal with crêpes Suzette, but we were both rather full.’
    • ‘Also included is an alternate ending that isn't quite as good as the final film's conclusion.’
    • ‘It is one of the segments which doesn't have a firm, romantic conclusion, instead the final status of their relationship is left kind of ambiguous.’
    • ‘Don't you see Kate; everything that I've done has been working toward this final conclusion.’
    • ‘This means that as of today, he has just one audition to go - which means we are all closer to the conclusion of this process than the beginning, still an amazing idea.’
    • ‘Wembley in 1979 witnessed the most extraordinary conclusion of any Cup final, and the drama remains etched in the participants' minds.’
    • ‘Dancing in the street at the Festival Finale for All on Sunday brought the inaugural three-week event to a festive conclusion.’
    • ‘But perhaps the only way for Sweeney to stop his terrible acts of revenge is to get caught - and the story reaches its final, dramatic conclusion.’
    • ‘The Bush Administration is committed to seeing this process to its conclusion, starting with the President.’
    • ‘The final conclusion to the story arises due to the fact that the protagonist has affected others while in pursuit of the object of their desire.’
    • ‘Similarly, the three daily periods of prayer at Taize lack any formal conclusion.’
    • ‘I may have had some brief conversation with my parents but the night's final conclusion was a dive for my bed, where I stayed unmoving until daybreak.’
    • ‘It brings to a conclusion a number of events held throughout the year to mark the centenary of Canon O'Hanlon's death.’
    • ‘It all adds up to a final, crushing conclusion in their friendship.’
    • ‘The sounds and beats around me get louder in one final conclusion.’
    • ‘The rapid and final conclusion of figure skating's latest scandal could only have happened with IOC interference.’
    • ‘The agent is now saying there is ‘considerable interest’ in the house, so there's likely to be a conclusion to this dreary process soon now.’
    • ‘At the conclusion of the event, attendees will exchange their Sergio Day gifts as they enjoy the stupendous Sergio Aragonés fireworks display.’
    end, ending, finish, close, closure, termination, wind-up, cessation
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    1. 1.1 The summing-up of an argument or text.
      • ‘You come to important conclusions and finish an ongoing saga of conflict today.’
      • ‘These points, if taken at the trial when all the facts are out, will be available to the applicant at a later stage and we express no final conclusion about these matters.’
      • ‘That was the same conclusion of the final report by the CIA Iraq Survey Group.’
      • ‘This is the conclusion on my arguments in the supplementary submissions.’
      • ‘Rushing through his conclusions he just finished his presentation before this unexpected deadline.’
      • ‘However, we cannot end consideration with this formal conclusion.’
      • ‘However, as it seems to me, it is not necessary for me to express any final conclusion on this aspect of the matter.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of the study, then, is that more refined research methods must be applied to these activities and their systems.’
      • ‘The project's still in process so our conclusions are only provisional.’
      • ‘This approach is not so different from scientific thinking, except that this is only the first step in science, not the final conclusion.’
      • ‘I have absorbed their arguments, their conclusions, and their mortal dread.’
      • ‘That is the strongest argument against the conclusions of the Green member who has just resumed her seat.’
      • ‘The final conclusion with respect to the effects of the transition to state-owned trade in the 1930s is vague and inconsistent.’
      • ‘Its formal conclusion was that Ray assassinated King, that he probably had help, and that the government was not involved.’
      • ‘I confess that I do not find the logic of the final sentence in that conclusion easy to follow.’
      • ‘It is a matter of fact which underlies the question of jurisdiction, however many questions of law there may be concealed in the final conclusion as to it.’
      • ‘The result is happy - if you follow the argument and its suggestive conclusions.’
      • ‘But he's now tackling drug prices, and while he makes some excellent points, I wonder if his final conclusion isn't off the mark.’
      • ‘In fact, it provides such a thorough list of file trading techniques that Wang only needs that final conclusion on p.258 to make his point.’
      • ‘The Court agreed with that proposition, as I shall relate, but disagreed with his final conclusion based on the importance of protecting research innovation.’
    2. 1.2 The settling or arrangement of a treaty or agreement.
      ‘the conclusion of a free-trade accord’
      • ‘And then the United Nations with Troika helped the Angolans to bring that peace process to a conclusion.’
      • ‘If you wish to supplement your written submissions with further written submissions, then you will have an opportunity to do that within seven days of the conclusion of oral argument.’
      • ‘China has voiced outrageous claims to Japanese territory that was officially returned to Japan after its conclusion of an agreement with the US.’
      • ‘China is also expected to start full-scale talks for conclusion of an free trade agreement with ASEAN.’
      • ‘The final conclusion of an ongoing investigation into the oil-for-food scheme would help the public to understand its complexities, the UN chief said.’
      • ‘These are our NATO membership in May, and the conclusion of the negotiation process with the European Union at the end of autumn 2004.’
      • ‘The second fund, which is undergoing conclusion of legal agreement procedure, will be designated only for Bulgaria.’
      • ‘News about stricter visa requirements came alongside reports of a Philippine-Japan free trade agreement nearing conclusion.’
      • ‘To the PA, Sharon is above all a challenge to the successful conclusion of the peace process.’
      • ‘Some even say the alliance could include Iran, and point to India's recent conclusion of a strategic agreement with that country as a sign of things to come.’
      • ‘Following conclusion of the registration process, repatriation will be increased from three to five times a week except Saturday and Sunday.’
      • ‘I just think that it's time we brought this process to a conclusion.’
      • ‘The success of this Convention depends on conclusion of such AGREEMENTS.’
      • ‘Passi said that his activities were focused on the final conclusion of the trial and the establishment of suitable conditions for its favourable outcome.’
      • ‘In 1665, a bitter dispute over mineral rights with the Portuguese governor of Luanda, led to a final, disastrous conclusion.’
      • ‘In December, Japan and the EU signed a provisional accord that opened the way for conclusion of the final pact.’
      • ‘The IIG will ensure speedy conclusion of loan agreements and implementation of infrastructure projects.’
      negotiation, brokering, settlement, settling, clinching, completion, arranging, accomplishment, establishment, resolution
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  • 2A judgment or decision reached by reasoning.

    ‘each research group came to a similar conclusion’
    • ‘At this level no final conclusion as to the exact mechanism and the nature of the intermediates can be drawn, however.’
    • ‘After the death scene is cleaned up the final conclusion of police investigators is simply that George Wilson had been a madman.’
    • ‘However, after several decades with many studies and a large number of reviews of implementation strategies, many questions still remain and no final conclusion can be drawn.’
    • ‘And my final conclusion on all these things is, that once you've find the historical James, you've in effect found the historical Jesus.’
    • ‘The final conclusion was that people who live in well-off places usually feel superior and look down upon people who live in relatively undeveloped regions.’
    • ‘The sharing clause in a syndicated loan agreement cannot affect this conclusion.’
    • ‘Which leads me to my final conclusion: you came here for me.’
    • ‘She looked it over briefly before coming to her final conclusion.’
    • ‘Well my final conclusion is that these types of conflict don't allow the luxury of clean hands.’
    • ‘The Commission decision must contain reasons for the conclusion reached.’
    • ‘As a commuter with years of experience his final conclusion was mixed.’
    • ‘But regardless of what one's final conclusion is, there is one thing that is beyond dispute for me.’
    • ‘The final conclusion depends on analysis of the longitudinal data.’
    • ‘Only after long and hard deliberations over many months did I come to my final conclusion that now was the time for me to take this next step forward in my life and my career.’
    • ‘Ultimately I was unable to assist in coming to any final conclusion.’
    • ‘The final conclusion must be that our answer mainly depends on which side of society we come from.’
    • ‘I don't know all that's going on, so I can't make that final conclusion.’
    • ‘Oddly enough, Koplow's conclusion is in agreement with the Bush administration that also wishes to preserve the stockpiles.’
    • ‘But there is perhaps a final and more profound conclusion to draw from these books.’
    • ‘His final conclusion was that he would have to venture to new planets, unfortunately, with or without Bonnie.’
    deduction, inference, interpretation, reasoning
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    1. 2.1Logic A proposition that is reached from given premises.
      • ‘In both premisses and conclusions, these two strands of contract theory are, morally speaking, a world apart.’
      • ‘Reid gave Hume credit for taking Locke's premisses to their logical conclusion.’
      • ‘The argument of this section has been brisk and obviously more has to be said to defend its conclusions and its premises.’
      • ‘Suppose two or more premises jointly imply a conclusion.’
      • ‘Alternatively, the premises logically entail the conclusion.’


  • in conclusion

    • Lastly; to sum up.

      ‘in conclusion, it is clear that the market is maturing’
      • ‘The finished product, in conclusion, is far from perfect and we are left regretting that David fled so abruptly.’
      • ‘But in conclusion, let me simply say that after you leave the White House, a number of things happen to you.’
      • ‘So in conclusion, as detestable and perplexing as it might seem, yes, it might be time to sell your house and move to Winnipeg.’
      • ‘John in conclusion stated that the future is bright for the club with an abundance of young players coming on stream and the population of the parish increasing at a steady rate.’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, when is the best time to visit Florida?’
      • ‘Finally, and in conclusion, I personally think that ‘Prohibition’ is never going to be a ‘good’ idea.’
      • ‘It sounds like, in conclusion, more debt upon debt.’
      • ‘So, in conclusion, let's talk about something else.’
      • ‘As they say, time is money, so in conclusion, computers are very important to our modern way of life.’
      • ‘I doubt that this will turn out to be right, but the point to be made in conclusion is that there is only one way to find out.’
      finally, lastly, in closing, to conclude, last but not least
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  • jump (or leap) to conclusions (or the conclusion)

    • Make a hasty judgment before learning or considering all the facts.

      • ‘But it is a pity that he has jumped to conclusions before looking more carefully at the evidence.’
      • ‘It's tempting to leap to conclusions based on a single performance graph or a column in a summary table.’
      • ‘But, one should be careful before leaping to conclusions about what the joke implies about the teller.’
      • ‘You only heard part of the conversation, and you've already jumped to conclusions about Patrick.’
      • ‘The brain leaps to conclusions based on a swift assessment of a ‘thin slice’ of information.’
      • ‘Ruffini simply counted the use of certain expressions, then leaped to conclusions about liberal bias.’
      • ‘We're willing to leap to conclusions without the benefit of data, just like our ancestors.’
      • ‘‘It is too early to jump to any conclusion about what their final decision will be,’ he added.’
      • ‘Just being seen in certain situations can spark giant leaps to conclusions with no basis in fact.’
      • ‘In a great twist at the end, they find out they have jumped to conclusions about the death.’


Late Middle English: from Latin conclusio(n-), from the verb concludere (see conclude).