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 Gun Violence Archive injury and death figures exclude the shooter, when the shooter was injured or killed. NBC News, "Gun violence is up. It's been up for more than a year.," 26 Apr. 2021 Do the studies that compare the relative performance of ESG funds exclude those funds that are failing to effectively execute an ESG strategy as that term would be commonly understood? Wayne Winegarden, National Review, "Are ESG Funds Really a Good Long-Term Investment?," 16 Apr. 2021 So why did Biden exclude student loan forgiveness from the budget proposal? Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, "Biden Excludes Student Loan Forgiveness From Budget Proposal, But Calls For More Funding For Higher Ed: Key Details," 9 Apr. 2021 The very extensive entry requirements currently exclude all but a few US citizens from this small Caribbean island. CNN, "Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back," 8 Apr. 2021 That would exclude such items in the Biden plan as broadband access, modernization of schools, childcare facilities, Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and other federal buildings. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jeff Bezos likes Biden’s infrastructure plan because he knows it’s worth the money," 7 Apr. 2021 Each spouse can exclude up to $10,200 in jobless benefits. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Receive jobless benefits in 2020? IRS to send tax refund payouts to some in May," 31 Mar. 2021 The measure would exclude gun transfers between family and friends and would codify some provisions establishing gun ownership rights. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "For Senate Democrats, passing gun control might be impossible, even without the filibuster," 30 Mar. 2021 All of the formulas on this list exclude those ingredients, and some also avoid other chemicals. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 10 Best Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for Healthy At-Home Manicures," 24 Mar. 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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The first known use of exclude was in the 14th century

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29 Apr 2021

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“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 10 May. 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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