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 Democrats want to exclude lawsuit liability protections for businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "At odds: White House pushes bipartisan aid deal, while GOP objects to more big spending," 21 Oct. 2020 The president wants to exclude noncitizens from the census, in clear violation of the Constitution. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Trump Case That Will Test the Supreme Court’s Newest Originalist," 20 Oct. 2020 The release said Michigan and state Attorney General Dana Nessel had partnered with 20 states and 15 cities and counties to file a suit on July 24 in response to the president's goal to exclude undocumented immigrations from the 2020 census. Nisa Khan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan at 8th place for 2020 Census self-response, but Detroit last for large cities," 19 Oct. 2020 Hints about the process that the White House may use to exclude the undocumented have emerged in court documents. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "What the Supreme Court’s rulings mean for the 2020 Census and Trump’s attempt to exclude the undocumented from the count," 18 Oct. 2020 If approved by a majority of voters, the measure would alter the definition of the coastal zone in the city’s municipal code, as defined by Proposition D in 1972, to exclude what’s known as the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Plan area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Measure E, the Midway District and the battle over coastal building heights," 16 Oct. 2020 Trump has also threatened the reliability of key demographic data by interfering with the orderly completion of the 2020 census, and by telling the Department of Commerce to exclude undocumented residents from the final count. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Trump has shown little respect for U.S. science. So why are some parts thriving?," 14 Oct. 2020 So black pots are used to exclude as much light as possible from the root zone. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Roots are the vampires of the plant world. Why you should get them in the ground ASAP," 9 Oct. 2020 Investigations show that peer review is often perfunctory rather than thorough; often exploited by chums to help each other; and frequently used by gatekeepers to exclude and extinguish legitimate minority scientific opinions in a field. Matt Ridley, WSJ, "What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Science," 9 Oct. 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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25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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