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 When cars and gasoline — two volatile components — were excluded, retail sales grew by 0.5 percent for the month. NBC News, "What tariffs? Americans still willing to spend — for now, at least," 17 Jan. 2020 Corcoran -- quoting from a federal audit -- said there isn’t evidence that the defects haven’t excluded eligible people from the program. cleveland, "State reveals $1.2 billion Ohio Benefits system riddled with defects a year out from Medicaid work requirements," 15 Jan. 2020 The 18-date run will feature Adams throughout most of the shows, excluding nights in Las Vegas and Toronto. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Bon Jovi Announces Tour with Bryan Adams and New Album in 2020," 15 Jan. 2020 That dream has always been painted with the brush of white, middle-class Americans, excluding those of us who are defined by the word placed in front of our American status: Latin American, African American, Muslim American and others. Yolanda Machado, Los Angeles Times, "Appreciation: With ‘Ugly Betty,’ Silvio Horta helped young Latinas see themselves on screen," 9 Jan. 2020 News, Jenner has no plans exclude Scott from special family gatherings now or in the future. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Plan to Spend the Holidays Together," 19 Dec. 2019 Daniela, 29, a lawyer protesting at the Plaza de los Hippies, requested that her last name be excluded due to fear of repression. Alice Driver, Longreads, "My Spoon, Your Bullet," 18 Dec. 2019 But maintaining this chill requires a lot of expensive equipment, energy and human labor, and excludes under-resourced parts of the world from utilizing the technique and burdening researchers where it’s widely deployed. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Scientists Pumped Ovarian Tissue Full of Sugar and Microwaved It. Here’s Why," 10 Dec. 2019 That compares to a citywide average, excluding Grassy Waters Preserve of 25 percent. Kimberly Miller, sun-sentinel.com, "Oaks instead of palm trees? Florida’s iconic palms don’t cut it with climate change," 14 Nov. 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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The first known use of exclude was in the 14th century

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excluded. Accessed 25 January 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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