ex·​clude | \ik-ˈsklüd \
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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The goal is to experience health and healing from our own autonomy, not from trying to achieve an ideal created by a mainstream that excludes and erases us. SELF, "How to Make Your Gym or Fitness Space More Inclusive and Welcoming for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People," 30 Oct. 2018 And while headline inflation has hit 2.1 percent, the underlying rate that excludes volatile items like fuel and food remains much lower at 0.9 percent. David Mchugh, The Seattle Times, "European Central Bank sticks to plan to end stimulus," 25 Oct. 2018 Core prices, which exclude the volatile food and energy categories, increased 0.1 percent in August and 2.2 percent from a year ago. Josh Boak, Fox News, "US consumer prices rose an annual 2.7 percent in August," 13 Sep. 2018 Some have snarked that there is an irony in a feminist space that excludes men but is built largely on male venture-capital funds. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018 Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a Missouri grant program funding playground improvements could not exclude religious schools. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, "Kavanaugh record suggests he would favor religious interests in school debates," 10 July 2018 Yet soccer fans across the divide in this city get united in their bitterness that Krasnodar was excluded from the world’s biggest sporting party. New York Times, "Russia’s Most Soccer-Mad City, Excluded From the World Cup," 9 July 2018 Note that this group excludes guys who were significantly limited by injuries, as well as those left off the 2017 list altogether, such as Stanford running back Bryce Love, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Revisiting SI's 2017 Ranking of the Top 100 College Football Players: Who Did We Get Wrong?," 15 June 2018 Some critics also note that the study excluded high-income families, which makes a direct comparison to the original word-gap study more difficult. Laura Mckenna, The Atlantic, "The Long, Contentious History of the ‘Word Gap’ Study," 15 June 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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The first known use of exclude was in the 14th century

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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 \
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 \
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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