Definition of conclude in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈkluːd/


1Bring or come to an end: [with object]: they conclude their study with these words [no object]: the talk concluded with slides
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  • 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.
  • Then, with a sigh, she concluded her duty by bringing Thatcher his tea and bread.
  • The study's concluding chapter concerns itself with the culminating philosophy of the Gurdjieff movement in Harlem.
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;
round off
informal wrap up
dated put a period to
1.1 [with object] Formally and finally settle or arrange (an agreement): an attempt to conclude a ceasefire
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  • 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.
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
informal sew up, swing, button up
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?
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  • For all those reasons, the judge concluded that the defendant had failed to show prejudice resulting from the delay.
  • Of course it doesn't help arriving from England because everyone concludes that I've brought the weather with me.
  • The British, the author of this scholarly and objective study concludes, lost both the will and the ability to rule by force.
come to the conclusion, deduce, infer, draw the inference, gather, judge, decide;
assume, presume, suppose, conjecture, surmise;
North American  figure
informal reckon
archaic collect
2.1 [with direct speech] Say in conclusion: ‘It’s a wicked old world,’ she concluded
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  • ‘These are extremely difficult times for the Company and it is essential that as successful a sale as possible is achieved,’ he concluded.
  • The Henley report concludes: ‘The effect of lottery funding on the UK as a whole has been profoundly positive.’
  • Bennett considers the self-censoring effect of taste and concludes, ‘I have too much taste, find it hard to let go.’
2.2 [with infinitive] US dated Decide to do something: we found some bread, which we concluded to eat
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  • Why the Impecunious Girl Concluded to Give Up Her Flat for the Summer.
  • They Have Concluded to Have a Building of Their Own.
  • When I first concluded to print the book, I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.


conclude missives

Scots Law (Of a buyer) sign a contract with the vendor of a property or piece of land to signify change of ownership.
Example sentences
  • When you have concluded missives, you are on your way to getting the keys for your new home.
  • Professionals, however would be required to conclude missives and do all conveyancing.
  • Once an acceptable offer is received for your property, our policy is to conclude missives and make the contract binding without delay.


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

Words that rhyme with conclude

allude, brood, collude, crude, delude, dude, elude, étude, exclude, extrude, exude, feud, food, illude, include, intrude, Jude, lewd, mood, nude, obtrude, occlude, Oudh, preclude, protrude, prude, pseud, pultrude, rood, rude, seclude, shrewd, snood, transude, unglued, unsubdued, who'd, you'd

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