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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.
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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
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H THOMAS of Neath Abbey's contribution (WM letters, January 11) makes me wonder how he comes to the conclusion that "the Army is a reflection of our society".
Branko Geroski in Sloboden Pecat comes to the conclusion that the debate on the name dispute with Athens is entering in an extremely sensitive phase--names are suggested, different views of the scope of the compromise solution have been advocated, maximalist position have been stated, speculations on what Skopje is ready to accept have been emerged.
However, Piper is sure that Steph is to blame, prompting Steph to investigate whodunit, and like most other people, comes to the conclusion that it must have been Paul.
The Morgan Spurlock-directed documentary ''One Direction: This Is Us'' hangs out with Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn at home and on the road and comes to the conclusion that the five lads who have conquered the world are, well, pretty nice.
If he comes to the conclusion that a public plea would help free Pollard, he promised, he will make it.
He comes to the conclusion that in our nanny state, alcohol causes more harm to society as a whole than hard drugs.
EMMERDALE (ITV1): NATHAN comes to the conclusion that his dad had an affair with Faye, and although Mark admits he had a relationship with her, he claims it happened six months ago.
He comes to the conclusion that as long as we believe God is all-powerful, there are no adequate answers to these three issues, and arguments that humans are too limited to understand God and evil are inadequate.
The team consider all manner of suggestions until House comes to the conclusion that it is maternal mirror syndrome, a condition in which a perfectly healthy mother adopts the symptoms of her unborn child.
When Shadrach catches Zak and Rosemary together, his mind goes into overdrive and he soon comes to the conclusion they must be having an affair.
Talayeh notices Ramal and Sholeh are getting closer and Tracey comes to the conclusion Ken could not have attacked Terry as he has a cast-iron alibi.
Bair carefully considers the evidence, and comes to the conclusion that Jung cooperated with the Nazis only to ensure the continued existence of psychoanalysis after the demise of the party.
Mello comes to the conclusion that civil unions are not an end to the matter.
AFTER reading the lengthy Plimmer's Casebook report of the Stephanie Slater kidnap case, one comes to the conclusion that our police force was incompetent.
A further reference to the Cartesian subject comes in Mechoulan's essay on Madeleine de Scudery: looking at the reflections of Scudery in the characters of Sappho and Damophile within the Grand Cyrus, Mechoulan comes to the conclusion that the female subject is "systematiquement dedouble," caught between self-possession and self-abandonment, unity and heteronomy.