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.

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Cabán went to court over ballots her campaign said had been improperly excluded. BostonGlobe.com, "Tiffany Cabán calls it quits in contested Queens DA race," 6 Aug. 2019 Spinderella alleges she was excluded from more than $600,000 in royalties over the last decade, in addition to receiving less than what she was owed for her participation in VH1’s The Salt-N-Pepa Show. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Judge Orders Salt-N-Pepa And DJ Spinderella To Mediation Over Royalties Dispute," 3 Aug. 2019 The administration claims that with China’s growing arsenal of nuclear warheads, Beijing can no longer be excluded from nuclear arms control agreements. Washington Post, "Landmark US-Russia arms control treaty is dead," 2 Aug. 2019 The group argues the commission is unconstitutional because some are excluded from serving on it based on their partisan or family ties. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republicans signal they will seek Democratic governor's approval for new election maps," 30 July 2019 You mock inclusive language presumably because you have never been excluded or marginalized by gendered language. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: People never excluded tend to mock inclusive language," 28 July 2019 In a festival landscape where women are excluded from the headlining slots more often than not, Newport Folk did their part in correcting that course by handing its stage, quite literally, to a woman. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Dolly Parton, Brandi Carlile & More Make History With Newport Folk Festival's Fierce Female Super Jam: Watch," 28 July 2019 The Syrian civil war has made this picture worse by drawing Russia into a region from which she had been excluded for decades. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister," 20 July 2019 Protesters gather outside of the Laguna Beach Unified School District meeting Tuesday to show support for board member Dee Perry, who was excluded from a subcommittee. Daily Pilot, "Demonstrators show up in Laguna Beach to show support for school board member Dee Perry," 17 July 2019

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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 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.


transitive verb
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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