November 17, 2013
conclude (verb)
\kun-KLOOD\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to bring or come to an end : finish2 : to form an opinion : decide by reasoning3 : to bring about as a result : arrange
How do you use it?
The morning announcements said that registration for recreational basketball concludes tomorrow.
Are you a word wiz?

"Conclude" came into English from Latin. What do you think the Latin ancestor of "conclude" means?

We hope you concluded that D was the right answer! "Conclude" traces back to the Latin root "claudere," meaning "to shut." "Claudere" combined with "com-" resulted in "concludere," meaning "to shut up, end, infer," which made its way into Middle English as "conclude." You're probably familiar with some members of this word family such as "include" and "exclude." Other relatives include "preclude" (meaning "to make impossible beforehand"), "seclude" (meaning "to keep away from others"), and "occlude" (meaning "to close up or block off").
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