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reach a conclusion

To achieve some conclusion, especially after a period of deliberation, discussion, debate, etc. We've been turning over the evidence for nearly three days, and we're still no closer to reaching any conclusions! After spending the last few nights thinking about what you said, I've come to the conclusion that I need to make some drastic changes in my life.
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reach a conclusion

to complete discussion and decide an issue. It took three days of talks to reach a conclusion. When we reach a conclusion, we will notify you of the results.
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The long chains of simple and easy reasonings by means of which geometers are accustomed to reach the conclusions of their most difficult demonstrations, had led me to imagine that all things, to the knowledge of which man is competent, are mutually connected in the same way, and that there is nothing so far removed from us as to be beyond our reach, or so hidden that we cannot discover it, provided only we abstain from accepting the false for the true, and always preserve in our thoughts the order necessary for the deduction of one truth from another.
The MP said: "My real worry about it all is that a very bright young woman with everything to live for would reach the conclusion that she should throw it all away by attempting to kill the local MP.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Japan earlier this week to reach the conclusion on the relocation issue before Obama's visit, calling the existing bilateral accord over U.S.
Several NAFTA panel decisions have unanimously determined that the Commerce Department was using flawed calculations to reach the conclusion that Canadian lumber is subsidized.
Despite these differences, the temporary regulations and ruling both reach the conclusion that the merger is a valid A reorganization, as neither of these two differences is relevant.
This prevents the client from claiming a breach of contract if the CPA can't reach the conclusion the client seeks and also prevents a loss of credibility based on preconceived conclusions.