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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By early July, more than two dozen corporations had written letters to the SEC criticizing the pilot or asking to have their stocks excluded from it. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "NYSE Opposition to Trading-Fee Review Puts Companies and Some Shareholders at Odds," 11 July 2018 Inspection results for BLT Prime, steakhouse restaurants located in some Trump properties but run by an outside firm, were similarly excluded from the review. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Trump vs. Red Hen restaurant: Eateries in Trump properties also dinged for violations," 5 July 2018 The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable' In recent years, parents who crossed the border illegally accompanied by children were generally excluded from criminal prosecution. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 Other jurisdictions agree to partner with [ICE Homeland Security Investigations] as long as the name is excluded from any public facing information. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "19 top ICE investigators ask DHS officials to split up the agency," 29 June 2018 But ultimately, patent lawyers are simply aghast at the idea that a major area of innovative activity might be excluded from patent protection. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why a 40-year-old SCOTUS ruling against software patents still matters today," 21 June 2018 Until about 25 years ago, essentially all health research was conducted on men; women were actively excluded from participating in most clinical trials. Amy M. Miller, STAT, "Studying sex differences will improve health for women and men," 13 June 2018 Industry professionals and at-home movie watchers alike were furious about the lack of diversity in the nominations, as many deserving actors of color were noticeably excluded. Hannah Chubb, Marie Claire, "Hashtag Activism: A Timeline," 24 May 2018 Core wholesale prices — which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors — rose 0.3 from April and 2.4 percent from May 2017. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Producer prices up 0.5 pct from April, 3.1 pct in past year," 13 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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Phrases Related to exclude

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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