Simple Definition of exclude
: to prevent (someone) from doing something or being a part of a group
: to leave out (something) : to not include (something)
: to think that (something, such as a possibility) is not worth attention
Full Definition of exclude
1 a : to prevent or restrict the entrance of b : to bar from participation, consideration, or inclusion
2 : to expel or bar especially from a place or position previously occupied
Examples of exclude in a sentence
You can share files with some people on the network while excluding others.
The prices on the menu exclude tax.
Origin and Etymology of exclude
Middle English, from Latin excludere, from ex- + claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of exclude for Students
: to shut out : keep out <Don't exclude your little sister from the game.>
Word Root of exclude
The Latin word claudere, meaning “to close” or “to shut,” gives us the root clud. To exclude is to shut another out of a group. To include is to shut someone into a group. To conclude, or bring something, such as a speech, to an end, is to close it.
Legal Definition of exclude
1 : to prevent or restrict the entry or admission of <exclude hearsay evidence>
2 : to remove from participation, consideration, or inclusion (as in insurance coverage)
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