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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.
See also: conclusion, reach
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Today (but too late!) I have reached the conclusion that, in order to come by money honestly, one must work and know how to earn it with hand or brain."
I had reached the conclusion, it will be remembered, that the extra baggage of my friend, the artist, would prove to be pictures, or at least a picture; for I knew he had been for several weeks in conference with Nicolino:--and now here was a box, which, from its shape, COULD possibly contain nothing in the world but a copy of Leonardo's "Last Supper;" and a copy of this very "Last Supper," done by Rubini the younger, at Florence, I had known, for some time, to be in the possession of Nicolino.
Thanks to the school of scientific philosophers he favored, he knew the biological significance of love; but by a refined process of the same scientific reasoning he reached the conclusion that the human organism achieved its highest purpose in love, that love must not be questioned, but must be accepted as the highest guerdon of life.
Looked at from this standpoint, I almost reached the conclusion that often the Negro boy's birth and connection with an unpopular race is an advantage, so far as real life is concerned.
For a time he passed room after room filled with the cunningly preserved dead of Manator, many of which were piled in tiers after the manner that firewood is corded, and as he moved through corridor and chamber he noticed hieroglyphics painted upon the walls above every opening and at each fork or crossing of corridors, until by observation he reached the conclusion that these indicated the designations of passageways, so that one who understood them might travel quickly and surely through the pits; but Turan did not understand them.
It was an act of reassurance rather than a caress, though I must admit that again and even in the face of death I thrilled at the contact with her; and then I released her and threw my rifle to my shoulder, for at last I had reached the conclusion that nothing more could be gained by waiting.
She had reached the conclusion of her father's innocence, and had been brooding over it.
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has completed the performance evaluation of power sector plants and transmission system and reached the conclusion that loadshedding will not be completely eliminated by 2018 as was promised by the Prime Minister due to weak and an unpredictable system.
It is puzzling that she seems to have reached the conclusion by spending time on some website."
AT long last, Tony Blair has reached the conclusion that many British people reached some time ago - the war in Iraq is a disaster and is going nowhere.
As a result of their research, the Dutch and Russian scientists reached the conclusion that the climate is very susceptible to changes in solar radiation.
That is, until I reached the conclusion: 'For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.' So much of PWRDF's role is of witness, to testify to the truth on behalf of the Anglican Church of Canada In testifying to the truth, PWRDF engages with the parishes and dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada to ensure their involvement in the struggle for a more just and equitable world.
Having had the "peculiar experience" of traveling both as a man and as a woman, writes esteemed British travel writer Jan Morris in the forward to this richly illustrated companion to an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in London, "I have reached the conclusion that [at least since 1950] the female traveler has had it easier than the male." Host men in the preceding three centuries, however, would not have chosen to switch sexes, as Morris did on a 1972 trip to Casablanca.
Although some Tuxedo Park functions will relocate elsewhere, apparently those in charge reached the conclusion that as a complete, stand-alone facility it was not carrying its share of the load in invoice printer humming.
Mr Shortt said: "While it may appear that each time a nomination or an award comes our way it means we have succeeded or reached the conclusion of our efforts, it actually works the other way; we may have worked hard to succeed - but we're hungry for even greater improvement."