ex·​clude | \ik-ˈsklüd \
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.

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Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a Missouri grant program funding playground improvements could not exclude religious schools. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, "Kavanaugh record suggests he would favor religious interests in school debates," 10 July 2018 Yet soccer fans across the divide in this city get united in their bitterness that Krasnodar was excluded from the world’s biggest sporting party. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018 Note that this group excludes guys who were significantly limited by injuries, as well as those left off the 2017 list altogether, such as Stanford running back Bryce Love, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Revisiting SI's 2017 Ranking of the Top 100 College Football Players: Who Did We Get Wrong?," 15 June 2018 Some critics also note that the study excluded high-income families, which makes a direct comparison to the original word-gap study more difficult. Laura Mckenna, The Atlantic, "The Long, Contentious History of the ‘Word Gap’ Study," 15 June 2018 In the third trial, the state’s Supreme Court overturned another death-sentence conviction, citing the fact that Evans had excluded black jurors because of their race. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Whiteness Is a Superpower," 15 June 2018 In this context, the report recommended that the U.S. government and contractors exclude equipment and products made by Chinese companies from their systems. Annie Fixler, Fortune, "How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility," 12 June 2018 Macron and Trudeau had criticized Trump’s tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel into the country, with Macron suggesting that the U.S. could be excluded from a joint statement. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Trump says US is like a 'piggy bank that everybody is robbing' on trade," 9 June 2018 The complaint claims that the City wrongfully excluded the rights and interests of residents of Driftwood Hills, who say they were shut out of negotiations with the developer by Fanning and another group of Nora residents. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "Nora residents sue the city over controversial zoning decision," 6 June 2018

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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

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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 \
excluded; excluding

Kids Definition of exclude

: to shut out : keep out Don't exclude your little sister from the game.


transitive verb
ex·​clude | \ik-ˈsklüd \
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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