Definition of conclude in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈklo͞od/


1 [with object] Bring (something) to an end: they conclude their study with these words [no object]: we concluded by singing carols
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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, draw to a close, be over, stop, cease
bring to an end, close, wind up, terminate, dissolve
informal wrap up
1.1 [no object] Come to an end: the talk concluded with slides
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  • Wang concludes by bringing her argument up to the present and focussing on the historiography of the Cold War period.
  • I conclude by once again bringing the debate back to the real people.
  • The book concludes with chapters which bring together many results from Sneddon's own papers on boundary value problems in elasticity.
1.2Formally and finally settle or arrange (a treaty or 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, broker, agree, come to terms on, settle, clinch, finalize, tie up;
bring about, arrange, effect, engineer
informal sew up
2Arrive at a judgment 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.
deduce, infer, gather, judge, decide, conjecture, surmise, extrapolate, figure, reckon
2.1Say 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: I concluded to go without his knowledge
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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.


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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Syllabification: con·clude

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