Definition of conclusion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈkluːʒn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈkluːʒn//
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  1. 1  [countable] something that you decide when you have thought about all the information connected with the situation I've come to the conclusion that he's not the right person for the job. It took the jury some time to reach the conclusion that she was guilty. New evidence might lead to the conclusion that we are wrong. We can safely draw some conclusions from our discussion. CollocationsScientific researchTheory formulate/​advance a theory/​hypothesis build/​construct/​create/​develop a simple/​theoretical/​mathematical model develop/​establish/​provide/​use a theoretical/​conceptual framework advance/​argue/​develop the thesis that… explore an idea/​a concept/​a hypothesis make a prediction/​an inference base a prediction/​your calculations on something investigate/​evaluate/​accept/​challenge/​reject a theory/​hypothesis/​modelExperiment design an experiment/​a questionnaire/​a study/​a test do research/​an experiment/​an analysis make observations/​measurements/​calculations carry out/​conduct/​perform an experiment/​a test/​a longitudinal study/​observations/​clinical trials run an experiment/​a simulation/​clinical trials repeat an experiment/​a test/​an analysis replicate a study/​the results/​the findings observe/​study/​examine/​investigate/​assess a pattern/​a process/​a behaviour/(especially US English) a behavior fund/​support the research/​project/​study seek/​provide/​get/​secure funding for researchResults collect/​gather/​extract data/​information yield data/​evidence/​similar findings/​the same results analyse/​examine the data/​soil samples/​a specimen consider/​compare/​interpret the results/​findings fit the data/​model confirm/​support/​verify a prediction/​a hypothesis/​the results/​the findings prove a conjecture/​hypothesis/​theorem draw/​make/​reach the same conclusions read/​review the records/​literature describe/​report an experiment/​a study present/​publish/​summarize the results/​findings present/​publish/​read/​review/​cite a paper in a scientific journal
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] the end of something such as a speech or a piece of writing The conclusion of the book was disappointing. In conclusion (= finally), I would like to thank… If we took this argument to its logical conclusion 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 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. language bank at emphasis, first, generally See related entries: Elements of a story
  3. 3[uncountable] the formal and final arrangement of something official synonym completion the successful conclusion of a trade treaty Express YourselfWrapping up a discussionIn a formal meeting or conference, you may have to bring the session to a close. Here are some ways to get people to stop speaking: I’m afraid time is running out/​we’re running out of time, so we'll have to make this the final question. We've only got a couple of minutes left, so can we summarize what we've agreed? I'd like to close the session with a few final remarks… We'll have to leave it there, but thank you all very much for your input. Well, that's all we have time for today, but we'll meet again on Tuesday. I'd like to thank you all for coming and for a very productive meeting.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin conclusio(n-), from the verb concludere, from con- ‘completely’ + claudere ‘to shut’.Extra examples He bases his conclusions on very limited research. How did he reach this startling conclusion? I can’t draw any conclusions from what she said. In conclusion, I would like to thank you all for your hard work. It all points to the conclusion that nobody knew what was going on. It is difficult to draw any firm conclusions at such an early stage. Only tentative conclusions can be drawn from these results. The data he collected strengthened his conclusions. The meeting was brought to a hasty conclusion. The result of the game was a foregone conclusion. The story’s ultimate conclusion does not come as a surprise. This does not warrant the conclusion that he failed. This performance was a fitting conclusion to his career. We don’t want to jump to the wrong conclusion. Don’t jump to conclusions. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not the right person for the job. In conclusion, I would like to thank… What did you base these conclusions on?Idioms if you say that something is a foregone conclusion, you mean that it is a result that is certain to happen The outcome of the vote is a foregone conclusion.
    jump/leap to conclusions, jump/leap to the conclusion that…
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    to make a decision about somebody/something too quickly, before you know or have thought about all the facts There I go again—jumping to conclusions.
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