[kuh n-klood]

verb (used with object), con·clud·ed, con·clud·ing.

verb (used without object), con·clud·ed, con·clud·ing.

to come to an end; finish: The meeting concluded at ten o'clock.
to arrive at an opinion or judgment; come to a decision; decide: The jury concluded to set the accused free.

Origin of conclude

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin conclūdere to close, end an argument, equivalent to con- con- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related formscon·clud·a·ble, con·clud·i·ble, adjectivecon·clud·er, nounnon·con·clud·ing, adjectivepre·con·clude, verb (used with object), pre·con·clud·ed, pre·con·clud·ing.un·con·clud·a·ble, adjectiveun·con·clud·ed, adjectivewell-con·clud·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conclude

Contemporary Examples of conclude

Historical Examples of conclude

  • Nothing more having been heard of our poor little kitten, we can only conclude that she has gone overboard.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'

    Annie Allnut Brassey

  • In London they cite again the example of the wars of Napoleon, and conclude with: "What man has done man can do again."

    In the World War

    Count Ottokar Czernin

  • He was very clever at out-guessing a pitcher and being able to conclude what was coming.

    Pitching in a Pinch

    Christy Mathewson

  • To conclude ascetically is to give up, and not to solve, the problem.

    The Pocket R.L.S.

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • But before I could conclude, she burst into a torrent of tears and rushed from the room.

British Dictionary definitions for conclude


verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to come or cause to come to an end or conclusion
(takes a clause as object) to decide by reasoning; deducethe judge concluded that the witness had told the truth
to arrange finally; settleto conclude a treaty; it was concluded that he should go
obsolete to confine
Derived Formsconcluder, noun

Word Origin for conclude

C14: from Latin conclūdere to enclose, end, from claudere to close
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Word Origin and History for conclude

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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