come to a/the conclusion

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come to a/the conclusion

1. To make a determination about someone or something. The jury came to the conclusion that the defendant is guilty.
2. To reach an end point. If there are no other issues to discuss, then this meeting can come to a conclusion. That play's lengthy run on Broadway comes to a conclusion tonight.
See also: come, conclusion

come to a conclusion

 
1. to reach a decision. We talked for a long time but never came to any conclusion. Can we come to a conclusion today, or do we have to meet again?
2. [for a process] to reach the end and be finished. At last, the yearlong ordeal of buying a house came to a conclusion. I was afraid that the opera would never come to a conclusion.
See also: come, conclusion
References in classic literature ?
Caswall came to the conclusion that there had been some sort of dual action of his mind, which might lead to some catastrophe or some discovery of his secret plans; so he resolved to forgo for a while the pleasure of making discoveries regarding the chest.
He made accurate examination of it by the aid of some instruments, and came to the conclusion that it was carved from a lump of lodestone.