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.
Recent Examples on the Web The inaction in the Senate coincided with a directive from President Donald Trump that tried to exclude people in the country illegally from the numbers used in redrawing congressional districts. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, "Senators push for extra census time, as court prods deadline," 15 Sep. 2020 Slippery terms like neighborhood and community are quietly and expertly carved out to exclude the people—nonwhite or ill or poor—who reduce property values. Apoorva Tadepalli, The New Republic, "The Rhetorical Weapons of Liberal Nimbyism," 14 Sep. 2020 Buyers also are re-evaluating the scope of deals to exclude business units that are considered peripheral to a transaction, Mr. Smithson said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Deals Are Being Dropped as Buyers Turn Wary During the Pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020 Senior members of Japan's ruling LDP moved to exclude ordinary party members from a leadership vote on Sept. 14 and allow only members of parliament and representatives from prefectural chapters to cast ballots. Fortune, "How the son of strawberry pickers became Japan’s most likely choice for next prime minister," 3 Sep. 2020 Using floating row covers sealed along the edges to exclude insects will definitely work. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Dan Gill's mailbox: Leggy plants, black tomatoes and building a better raised garden," 19 Aug. 2020 And those figures largely exclude heavy trash, which the department did not pick up from March 30 through May 4. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Another effect of the coronavirus pandemic: More trash at home — tons of it," 3 Sep. 2020 That limited bill would exclude a second round of stimulus checks and state government funding. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Senate Republicans plan vote on COVID stimulus bill. What to expect in the package," 1 Sep. 2020 If an ad buying platform submits its bid too slowly, the exchange might exclude it from the auction entirely. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Should Google’s Ad Market Be Regulated Like the Stock Market?," 31 Aug. 2020

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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 entry 1

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The first known use of exclude was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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.
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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