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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Core wholesale prices — which excludes the volatile food and energy sectors — rose 0.3 from April and 2.4 percent from May 2017. Paul Wiseman, Fox News, "Producer prices up 0.5 pct from April, 3.1 pct in past year," 13 June 2018 The project, Martin knew, would offer unprecedented visibility to indigenous women’s art, which has long been underrepresented and excluded from the Canadian canon. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada," 13 July 2018 The Consumer Price Index excluding food and energy rose 2.3 percent in the past 12 months through June. Heather Long, chicagotribune.com, "Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American," 13 July 2018 The typical household spends $197,000 in total for health costs (excluding nursing home care) during retirement years, and some households spend much more, according to a study at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Live in Pa. and don't have your new Medicare card? Call the agency right away," 5 July 2018 Hotel rates from $185 double ($195 queen), cottages from $275, excluding tax. SFChronicle.com, "Suite Spot: Carter House Inns, Eureka," 2 July 2018 Alphabet, Facebook and Netflix are nowhere, and Wall Street firms are all but excluded from the mainland. The Economist, "America Inc and the rage against Beijing," 28 June 2018 The Fed tracks a different index, the personal consumption expenditures price index excluding food and energy,which has consistently undershot the central bank's 2 percent target since mid-2012. Jordan Blum, Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "June dip in fuel prices coming to an end," 25 June 2018 The story, first reported last week by the Orlando Sentinel, led Diamond to adopt a new hiring policy, excluding as a job candidate any hopeful from Orange County government who is under investigation by the Office of Professional Standards. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Woman who shot secret pictures of intern in Orange County HR scandal quits," 22 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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Phrases Related to exclude

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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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