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 estimates focus on the impact of warmer temperatures and exclude the consequences of extreme weather events. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 For the small companies that qualify—generally up to $50 million in assets—shareholders who have held their stock for 5 years may be able to exclude their gain from federal tax. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 These included the coronavirus pandemic, natural disasters, and battles over Trump administration efforts to add a citizenship question and exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted for apportionment. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 In Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University for months calculated a positivity rate different from that of the state, since experts there opted to exclude repeat tests from part of the calculation. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Business)Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison all but admitted Thursday that his country had asked UK negotiators to exclude particular climate commitments from a free trade deal agreed in principle in June. Angela Dewan, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 This legacy was reflected in the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which took pains to exclude agricultural and domestic work—industries with high rates of Black workers—an action that academics largely perceive to have reinforced segregation. Shamira Ibrahim, Essence, 6 Sep. 2021 Who knows, Biden’s potential gamble may beat offering cash for a shot, vaxports to travel, or exclusive threats from offices, schools, and businesses to exclude the communities currently not vaccinated. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, they are expected to file motions of their own seeking to include or exclude certain evidence at trial, which is to kick off in earnest on Aug. 18 with opening statements. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2021

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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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“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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