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Borrowed from Latin conclūdere (to shut up, close, end), present active infinitive of conclūdō.


  • IPA(key): /kən.ˈkluːd/
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conclude (third-person singular simple present concludes, present participle concluding, simple past and past participle concluded)

  1. (intransitive) To end; to come to an end.
    The story concluded with a moral.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      He inveighed against the folly of making oneself liable for the debts of others; vented many bitter execrations against the brother; and concluded with wishing something could be done for the unfortunate family.
  2. (transitive) To bring to an end; to close; to finish.
    • Francis Bacon
      I will conclude this part with the speech of a counsellor of state.
  3. (transitive) To bring about as a result; to effect; to make.
    to conclude a bargain
    • Shakespeare
      if we conclude a peace
  4. (transitive) To come to a conclusion, to a final decision.
    From the evidence, I conclude that this man was murdered.
    • Tillotson
      No man can conclude God's love or hatred to any person by anything that befalls him.
  5. (obsolete) To make a final determination or judgment concerning; to judge; to decide.
    • Addison
      But no frail man, however great or high, / Can be concluded blest before he die.
  6. To shut off; to restrain; to limit; to estop; to bar;generally in the passive.
    The defendant is concluded by his own plea.
    A judgment concludes the introduction of further evidence.
    • Sir M. Hale
      If therefore they will appeal to revelation for their creation they must be concluded by it.
  7. (obsolete) To shut up; to enclose.
    • Hooker
      The very person of Christ [was] concluded within the grave.
  8. (obsolete) To include; to comprehend; to shut up together; to embrace.
    • Bible, Romans xi. 32
      For God hath concluded all in unbelief.
    • Bible, Gal. iii. 22
      The Scripture hath concluded all under sin.
  9. (logic) to deduce, to infer (develop a causal relation)


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