ex·​clude | \ ik-ˈsklüd How to pronounce exclude (audio) \
excluded; excluding

Definition of exclude

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from exclude

excluder noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Black Lives Matter has long said caring about black lives lost to police does not exclude caring about black lives lost in other violent acts. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it," 10 July 2020 The liability would exclude gross negligence, McConnell said. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Virus surge pushes Congress toward new coronavirus aid package," 9 July 2020 Alaska’s $290 million financial assistance program for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will no longer exclude companies that received small amounts of federal aid, officials said. USA TODAY, "Trump going Fourth, college refunds, parks shuttered: News from around our 50 states," 22 June 2020 As employers work on their return plans, many are focusing on whom to bring back first, not whom to exclude. Dallas News, "Not so fast, boss: As COVID-19 cases spike in Texas, more delay their return to the office," 19 June 2020 And playtime shouldn't always exclude parents, Sutton says. Dana Santas, CNN, "4 ways families can ease anxiety together," 8 June 2020 The Supreme Court’s recent decision that Montana cannot exclude donations that go to religious schools from a small tax credit program could have consequences felt far beyond the state. Frank S. Ravitch, The Conversation, "Supreme Court hands victory to school voucher lobby – will religious minorities, nonbelievers and state autonomy lose out?," 7 July 2020 Teheran had one of his most uneven seasons last year, leading the Braves to initially exclude him from their postseason roster. Maria Torres, Los Angeles Times, "Angels pitcher Julio Teheran missing from camp for second day in row," 4 July 2020 Montana is one of 38 states that exclude religious organizations from government funding available to others. Robert Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of exclude

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exclude

Middle English, from Latin excludere, from ex- + claudere to close — more at close entry 1

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The first known use of exclude was in the 14th century

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2 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


ex·​clude | \ ik-ˈsklüd How to pronounce exclude (audio) \
excluded; excluding

Kids Definition of exclude

: to shut out : keep out Don't exclude your little sister from the game.
ex·​clude | \ ik-ˈsklüd How to pronounce exclude (audio) \
excluded; excluding

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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