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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
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Listen attentively, Planchet, for we are coming to the conclusion.
The moment before Greywood Usher had been coming to the conclusion that Father Brown might possibly be mad.
Charlie Douglas, Hawick I'M rapidly coming to the conclusion that the Prime Minister is trying to take us back to the days when a starving child could be hanged for taking a rabbit for food, while David Cameron and his Conservative ilk would not even have to answer for killing a starving child.
It sees each of the four main characters reaching a turning point in their lives, with some of them coming to the conclusion the time might be right to pack up and leave Wisteria Lane for good.
Bad choice of words there, girl - we are fast coming to the conclusion that maybe Rihanna needs to grow up before she finds Mr Right.
Thomas had been expected to join Challenge Cup holders Wigan, but he decided to quit after coming to the conclusion that, at the age of 37, he could no longer give his all.
Thomas, whose last game of rugby was for Crusaders on July 9, said he took the decision after coming to the conclusion that he could no longer give 100%.
Mr Truslove said: "I am coming to the conclusion that this Government is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Most analysts are coming to the conclusion that the Syrian economy must collapse before the military will turn on the government or split.
The group conducted six simulation exercises that modeled and analyzed the decision-making processes of actors and stakeholders in hypothetical transition scenarios, eventually coming to the conclusion that the US should adopt a unilateral "policy of critical and constructive engagement" de-linked from demands for reciprocal Cuban policy actions and focused on "facilitating change from within Cuba.
YOU can't have lived in this country for the last 25 years or so without coming to the conclusion that those at most risk from cancer are women.
Swindon is making this decision after coming to the conclusion that speed cameras do not work.
Experts are increasingly coming to the conclusion that fat deposited between the hips and navel is a better health indicator than Body Mass Index (BMI).
Doctors are increasingly coming to the conclusion that the more a woman drinks the more likely she is to develop breast cancer.
In sum, it is impossible to read In Mortal Danger without coming to the conclusion that the nation faces its greatest crisis since World War II.