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Definition of conclude verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conclude
    he / she / it concludes
    past simple concluded
    -ing form concluding
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  1. 1[transitive] (not used in the progressive tenses) to decide or believe something as a result of what you have heard or seen conclude something (from something) What do you conclude from that? conclude (that)… The report concluded (that) the cheapest option was to close the laboratory. conclude from something that… He concluded from their remarks that they were not in favor of the plan. it is concluded that… It was concluded that the level of change necessary would be low. + speech “So it should be safe to continue,” he concluded. Language Bankconclusionsumming up an argument In conclusion, the study has provided useful insights into the issues relating to people's perception of crime. Based on this study, it can be concluded that the introduction of new street lighting did not reduce reported crime. To sum up, no evidence can be found to support the view that improved street lighting reduces reported crime. The available evidence clearly leads to the conclusion that the media do have an influence on the public perception of crime. The main conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the public perception of crime is significantly influenced by crime news reporting. This study has shown that people's fear of crime is out of all proportion to crime itself. Fear of crime is out of all proportion to the actual level of crime, and the reasons for this can be summarized as follows. First… Overall/In general, women are more likely than men to feel insecure walking alone after dark.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (formal) to come to an end; to bring something to an end Let me make just a few concluding remarks. conclude with something The program concluded with Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring.” conclude by doing something He concluded by wishing everyone a safe trip home. conclude something (with something) The commission concluded its investigation last month. She concluded her speech with a quotation from Shakespeare. + speech “Anyway, she should be back soon,” he concluded.
  3. 3[transitive] conclude something (with somebody) to arrange and settle an agreement with someone formally and finally They concluded a treaty with Turkey. A trade agreement was concluded between the two countries.
  4. AWL Collocationsconcludeconclude verbto reach a belief or an opinion as a result of thought or studyarticle, paper, report, study, survey author, researcher, scientist courtLee's study concluded that rewarding employees who repeatedly try new things leads to more innovation.reasonably, safelyDirect evidence is needed before safely concluding that the drug is not effective.conclusion nouna belief or an opinion that you reach after considering something carefullyarrive at, come to, draw, reach reinforce, supportThere are too many exceptions to draw any firm conclusions on this point. The author supports his arguments well with many examples, and reaches convincing based on, derive fromTheir conclusion derives from a survey carried out in five countries.definitive, firm logical, valid tentative erroneousWithout careful examination, erroneous conclusions can result.conclusive adjectiveevidence, proofDespite the lack of conclusive evidence, the claims were accepted.far fromDespite years of study, the results from empirical research are far from conclusive.inconclusive adjectiveevidence, findings, resultThe inconclusive findings of these studies indicate the need for additional research.prove remainThe experiment proved inconclusive. The virus most likely originated from animals, but evidence remains inconclusive.
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