In its original Middle English meaning over 500 years ago ‘conclude’ meant ‘to convince.’ The meaning today has evolved into ‘to decide something based on the evidence.’
- There was no traffic on the road, so I concluded that it must have been a holiday.
- The government has injected a billion dollars into higher education, so we can conclude that they are prioritising it at the moment.
The other meaning of ‘conclude’ is ‘to end.’
- The party concluded with celebratory fireworks.
- He concluded by wishing everyone well on their journey home.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
complexity of, the complexity involved, complex procedures
conclusion of, conclude the proceedings, conclusive proof
conduct research, conduct oneself
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.
- 1. Look at the time! We’ll have to _______________ the meeting now. (conclude, complex)
- 2. Does anyone still use desktop _______________ these days? (computer, conclude)
- 3. As you move through your university course the degree of _______________ increases. (computer, complex)
- 4. The ______________ rallied to help the flood victims. (conduct, community)
- 5. Who is going to _______________ the next training session? (community, conduct)
Answers (in the wrong order below)
5. conduct 3. complexity 2. computers 1. conclude 4. community