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From Middle English concluden, borrowed from Latin conclūdere (to shut up, close, end), present active infinitive of conclūdō, from con- +‎ claudō,  from Proto-Italic *klaudō, from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂u- (key, hook, nail).


  • IPA(key)/kən.ˈkluːd/


conclude (third-person singular simple present concludespresent participle concludingsimple past and past participle concluded)

  1. (intransitive) To end; to come to an end.
    The story concluded with a moral.
  2. (transitive) To bring to an end; to close; to finish.
  3. (transitive) To bring about as a result; to effect; to make.
    to conclude a bargain
  4. (transitive) To come to a conclusion, to a final decision.
    From the evidence, I conclude that this man was murdered.
  5. (obsolete) To make a final determination or judgment concerning; to judge; to decide.
  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.
  7. (obsolete) To shut up; to enclose.
  8. (obsolete) To include; to comprehend; to shut up together; to embrace; to confine.
  9. (logic) to deduce, to infer (develop a causal relation)
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