conclude

The verb conclude means two related things: coming to a decision, and bringing to a close.

Conclude is related to the word close, which is related to an old Latin word for "barrier" or "bolt" — the kind you put on a door. When you conclude something, it's as though you're pulling a door shut and bolting it. If your girlfriend concludes an argument by leaving the room and slamming the door, you can conclude that she's angry at you.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: conclude

1
v
bring to a close
2
v
decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: conclude
1

v bring to a close

“The committee concluded the meeting”
Types:
perorate
conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation
Type of:
end, terminate
bring to an end or halt

v come to a close

Synonyms:
close
Type of:
cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
2

v decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion

Synonyms:
reason, reason out
Types:
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induce
reason or establish by induction
deduce, deduct, derive, infer
reason by deduction; establish by deduction
syllogise, syllogize
reason by syllogisms
feel, find
come to believe on the basis of emotion, intuitions, or indefinite grounds
deduce, infer
conclude by reasoning; in logic
gather
conclude from evidence
extrapolate, generalise, generalize, infer
draw from specific cases for more general cases
extrapolate
gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating
surmise
infer from incomplete evidence
elicit
derive by reason
overgeneralise, overgeneralize
draw too general a conclusion
universalise, universalize
make universal
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

Synonyms:
resolve
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determine, settle, square off, square up
settle conclusively; come to terms
clear, solve
settle, as of a debt
concert
settle by agreement
clinch
settle conclusively
compromise
settle by concession
Type of:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement

v reach agreement on

“They concluded an economic agreement”
“We concluded a cease-fire”
Type of:
agree
achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose
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