From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishconclusioncon‧clu‧sion /kənˈkluːʒən/ ●●○ S3 W2 AWL noun 1 [countable]DECIDE something you decide after considering all the information you have → conclude These are the report’s main conclusions.conclusion (that) I soon came to the conclusion that she was lying. It is still too early to reach a conclusion on this point. There are perhaps two main conclusions to be drawn from the above discussion. All the evidence pointed to the conclusion that he was guilty. It’s important not to jump to conclusions. The police came to the inescapable conclusion that the children had been murdered.2 [countable] formalEND the end or final part of something SYN endconclusion of At the conclusion of the meeting, little progress had been made.3 → in conclusion4 [uncountable]AGREE the final arrangement of an agreement, a business deal etcconclusion of the conclusion of a peace treaty5 → be a foregone conclusionCOLLOCATIONSverbscome to/arrive at/reach a conclusion (=decide something)I eventually came to the conclusion that I wanted to study law.draw a conclusion (=decide something from what you learn or see)We tried not to draw any conclusions too early in the investigation.jump to/leap to conclusions (=decide something is true without knowing all the facts, especially when you are wrong)Everyone jumped to the conclusion that we would get married.lead to/point to a conclusion (=make you decide that something is true)All the data led to only one conclusion.support a conclusion (=suggest that something is true)The evidence supports the conclusion that his death was an accident.adjectivesan obvious conclusionAll her symptoms led to the obvious conclusion – she was pregnant.the wrong conclusionReporters saw the couple together and leapt to the wrong conclusion.the right/correct conclusionI am sure that you came to the right conclusion.the opposite conclusionA lot of scientific evidence supports the opposite conclusion.the inescapable/inevitable conclusion (=one that is very obvious, although you may not like it)The inescapable conclusion was that the country needed a change of leadership.the logical conclusion (=one that makes sense when you think about it carefully)The logical conclusion is that short commercials are just as effective as longer ones.a firm conclusion (=definite decision)At the end of the day, no firm conclusion had been reached.a surprising/startling conclusionAfter years of research, he reached a startling conclusion.a hasty conclusion (=one that you reach too quickly, so that you are probably wrong)Researchers must beware of drawing hasty conclusions. THESAURUSconclusion something you decide after considering all the information you haveDoctors failed to reach a conclusion on the exact cause of death.The report’s main conclusion was that global warming was a serious threat.findings the information that someone has discovered as a result of their study, work etcSurveys conducted in other countries reported similar findings.result the answers that are provided by a scientific study or testHave you had the result of your blood test yet?
Examples from the Corpusconclusion• The talks are aimed at bringing the dispute to a conclusion.• He or she is aware that logically derived conclusions have a validity independent of factual truth.• Introducing the changes has been a long process, and it's still nowhere near its conclusion.• Therefore, a tribunal or inferior court acts ultravires if it reaches its conclusion on a basis erroneous under the general law.• Consciousness, without any further necessary conclusions, is the only fact of which consciousness can be absolutely certain.• Once she'd met Janice and come to some conclusion, then she would know what she had to do next.• At the conclusion of the book, the reader is still not certain whether Markham is guilty or not.• At the conclusion of the trial, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty.• I thought about this and came to the conclusion that it seemed a very good philosophy.• That was the conclusion of a General Accounting Office report in 1992 on fraud in the health care system.• The conclusion, ergo sum, is not entailed.• However, several caveats need to be attached to this conclusion.• There was complete silence in the room as the play came to its tragic conclusion.inescapable conclusion• For those with limited experience of overseas Test matches, especially in the subcontinent, this is the inescapable conclusion.• Is the inescapable conclusion, therefore, that the régime finds itself between the devil and the deep blue sea?• The inescapable conclusion was that people were continually managing to think it up for themselves.conclusion of• Lucy was given a standing ovation at the conclusion of her speech.Origin conclusion (1300-1400) French Latin conclusio, from concludere; → CONCLUDE