exclude

verb

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

transitive verb

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
excluder noun

Example Sentences

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 But the decision to exclude Pikachu the next season of Pokémon seems like a backpedal on this philosophy. Jhaan Elker, Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2022 And by erecting obstacles to citizenship such as residency requirements, our government continues to effectively exclude those who lack means, such as the unhoused. Celina Su, The New Republic, 5 Dec. 2022 His legal team argued Cunningham made crucial rulings that hurt Halprin’s defense, such as his decision to exclude a prison report rating the escapees’ leadership qualities. Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2022 However, The Guardian challenged the decision to exclude media from a July 2021 hearing that made that ruling. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 29 July 2022 The latest run-up came even after members of the International Energy Agency agreed Tuesday to release supplies from their oil reserves, and despite efforts by Western governments to exclude oil and gas from their sanctions on Russia. Quentin Webb And Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2022 The decision opened the way for FIFA, the governing body of soccer, to exclude Russia from the World Cup ahead of qualifying playoff on March 24. Graham Dunbar, ajc, 1 Mar. 2022 The decision opened the way for FIFA, the governing body of soccer, to exclude Russia from a World Cup qualifying playoff match on March 24. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2022 The decision opened the way for FIFA, the governing body of soccer, to exclude Russia from the World Cup ahead of a qualifying playoff on March 24. oregonlive, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

exclude

verb
ex·​clude iks-ˈklüd How to pronounce exclude (audio)
excluded; excluding
: to shut or keep out
excludable
-ˈklüd-ə-bəl
adjective
exclusion
-ˈklü-zhən
noun

Legal Definition

exclude

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