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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But excluding autos, oil processing, nonferrous metals and chemicals—all heavily state-invested industries—overall profit growth would have been 0.2%, says Nomura. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "The Missing Chinese Bond Apocalypse," 28 Mar. 2019 But when excluding volatile items like fuel and food, inflation is weak, at just 1 percent. David Mchugh, Fox News, "European Central Bank to take next step in tapering stimulus," 13 Sep. 2018 The government asked the judge to either extend the timeline to reunite these families, or exclude them from those who must be reunited by July 26. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Department of Justice Wants More Time to Reunite Families Separated at the Border," 6 July 2018 This discount applies to the entire purchase price, excluding shipping, handling and taxes. Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored, "Shop the eBay Father's Day flash sale for 20% off your entire purchase," 6 June 2018 Prosecutors responded that numerous DNA samples of varying quality have been found and tested in the case, and a match of one to another case does not exclude Williford as being present at the Foxworth murder scene. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Appeal promised after judge denies retrial for man convicted of murder in North Chicago burning death," 5 June 2018 Besides Colon, and excluding former Montreal Expos prospects who never played for the big-league club, Bruce Chen held out the longest of anyone to wear the Expos uniform. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "21 weird and true facts about Bartolo Colon on his 45th birthday," 24 May 2018 Its losses in the first quarter of 2018 are paltry by comparison: a mere $480 million, excluding profits from its merged businesses abroad. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Uber Pawns the Silverware to Turn a Profit," 24 May 2018 That was down 11 percent from the median pay for the CEOs in 2016, excluding Brighthouse Financial chief Eric Steigerwalt, whose compensation for that year wasn't disclosed because the company was still part of MetLife. Rick Rothacker And Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Here's how much Charlotte CEOs made in 2017 — and their best perks | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018

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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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an enemy or opponent

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