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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The combined revenue of all the internet firms in emerging markets (excluding China) is perhaps $100bn a year. The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 2019 The coalition, which is excluding police from its march, is seeking a more sweeping apology from the NYPD. Jennifer Peltz, Twin Cities, "NYPD sorry for ’69 raid at now-landmark Stonewall gay bar," 6 June 2019 Additionally, according to Shanahan, the ship's crew had not been invited to Trump's visit, but had not been excluded, as previously reported. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "USS John McCain controversy: Shanahan reached out to Cindy McCain," 3 June 2019 While restrictionists hold up Europe’s crisis over multiculturalism as a dark vision of the US’s future, centrists reply that Europe’s immigrant populations were alienated because families could remain legally excluded after several generations. Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 Johnson said Hollywood has excluded characters and actors with disabilities for too long. Washington Post, "‘The Rock’ joining group that champions rights for disabled," 13 July 2018 On October 15, one of the Breitmans’ growing cadre of lawyers sent a 46-page letter, including exhibits, to Pons and the third board member, excluding Gevers. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Wristbands good for any day of the fair excluding Preview Day can also be purchased in advance until Aug. 3 at $5 off, Marcinek said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Lake County Fair announces new features," 13 June 2018 Justices ruled 4-1 that a 1937 law delineating rights for hourly workers—but deliberately excluding farmworkers—was superseded by a 1938 amendment to the state Constitution. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "New York Court Rules Farmworkers Can Unionize," 23 May 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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