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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.....
He comes to the conclusion that we need both science and the humanities to understand the human condition and ensure survival of our species.
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.
Debbie finally comes to the conclusion that she and Ross have no future and breaks the news to him later in the week, with Pete revelling in his pain.
The competition comes to the conclusion of the service concession contract with restaurateur exclusive rights and obligation to conduct all food operations in the new Deichmanske Main Library which is under construction on the plot next to the Opera House in Oslo.
When an American army helicopter pilot (Jake Gyllenhaal) awakes from what he can only presume to be a coma, he comes to the conclusion that he has engulfed someone else's identity.
Travel anywhere in Pakistan today either in the public transport or in your private car, visit any public place or any office either in the public sector or in the private sector, one comes to the conclusion that we have lost our patience as society.
He's just about to rip open the box and enjoy his treat when he has visions of his friends and comes to the conclusion that it'd be nicer to share the chocolates with them instead of gorging alone.
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.
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.