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 The numbers exclude cases from the city of Cleveland. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland records 61 new confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases, 18 new deaths: Wednesday update," 25 Feb. 2021 Stellantis, the company that owns and operates Jeep, told the Washington Examiner in a statement that the map was symbolic and not meant to exclude the more than 300,000 people who call the Upper Peninsula home. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Jeep omits Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 'ReUnited States' Super Bowl ad," 8 Feb. 2021 Another executive order revokes the Trump administration’s plan to exclude noncitizens from the census count, and another overturns a Trump executive order that pushed aggressive efforts to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. Aishvarya Kavi, New York Times, "Biden’s 17 Executive Orders and Other Directives in Detail," 20 Jan. 2021 My father is a passionate, diatribe-loving feminist, though his feminism often seems to exclude my mother. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The New Yorker, "Waking Up from the American Dream," 18 Jan. 2021 The president’s plan to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the reapportionment totals has been blocked by three federal court panels. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "Census Snags May Delay Results Beyond Trump Administration," 19 Nov. 2020 That's because the administration is pressing to exclude millions of undocumented immigrants from census calculations used to apportion seats in the House of Representatives among states for the next decade. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "President Trump's defeat may give Supreme Court a rest from personal, policy lawsuits," 18 Nov. 2020 The case seeks to exclude people who are in the country illegally from the apportionment process, even though the Constitution spells out that every person in each state should be counted. Mike Schneider, BostonGlobe.com, "Calendar quirk means virus deaths won’t be seen in census," 6 Feb. 2021 The numbers exclude cases from the city of Cleveland. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Cleveland records 181 new confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases, three more deaths: Monday update," 26 Jan. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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