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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Zurich cited a clause in its policy excluding acts of war. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "As Florida cities use insurance to pay $1 million in ransoms to hackers, Baltimore and Maryland weigh getting covered," 5 July 2019 Along with pet treats, guests receive a dog-friendly guide to Surf City U.S.A. Cost, info: In July, rates begin at $309, excluding taxes and the $50 pet fee. Terry Gardner, latimes.com, "Hotels in the L.A. area where a pet can stay for free, and in beach towns for $50," 5 July 2019 Yet many Dreamers say the program has significant limitations that exclude other Dreamers and has pitted certain immigrants against one another. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area ‘Dreamers’ anxious about upcoming court review of DACA," 28 June 2019 Beijing aims to exclude the U.S. Navy from the international waters of the Western Pacific and to sever American communications with its regional allies. Seth Cropsey, WSJ, "America’s Stake in Taiwan," 18 June 2019 Over the years, studies have shown a striking pattern of excluding black jurors across the country, and Batson has been widely regarded as a failure at keeping discrimination out of jury selection. Ranjani Chakraborty, Vox, "How racism shapes jury selection," 12 Oct. 2018 This entitlement to always be catered to and be the most important people in the room even when others are be excluded and hurt is the root cause for sexism in our community. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Two Riot Games employees depart after defending a women-only PAX West event to League players," 7 Sep. 2018 New data reveal that China’s total debt-to-GDP ratio, excluding the financial sector, leapt by more than five percentage points in the first quarter of 2019, to nearly 250% of GDP. The Economist, "Overmatched policymakers risk toppling the world economy into trouble," 25 June 2019 Fila’s footwear and apparel sales, excluding Acushnet, saw a 52% increase to 1.2 trillion won in 2018 from the year before, the company said in a presentation. Yoojung Lee, Fortune, "Fila Making Strides With 1990s Fashions. Remember Dad Shoes?," 24 June 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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