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 In June 2018, before a bail-setting hearing, Tyler Nees’ defense attorney at the time provided a statement to the court in support of a motion to exclude other acts. oregonlive, "Portland man found guilty of stabbing his father to death in 2017," 14 Feb. 2020 Kerry Graham, a magistrate in Carroll County, was among those who voted to exclude the jail from the smoking ban. R.g. Dunlop, ProPublica, "How These Jail Officials Profit From Selling E-Cigarettes to Inmates," 7 Feb. 2020 Health plans have the ability to exclude certain categories from their coverage, according to The Atlantic. Liat Jarkon, Fortune, "Why insurers should cover mental health care to lower costs," 6 Feb. 2020 So please, feel free to exclude Beyoncé from this narrative. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Jay-Z Explains Why He & Beyoncé Stayed Seated During The National Anthem," 6 Feb. 2020 The previous 2040 target would have allowed the continued sale of plug-in hybrids, but the new proposal to exclude those, if adopted, would take Britain far beyond the restrictions planned by other countries. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "U.K. Moves to End Sales of All Non-Electric Cars by 2035," 5 Feb. 2020 On the other side, Weinstein lawyer Damon Cheronis argued that the prosecution was trying to exclude men from the jury. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Harvey Weinstein's New York Trial Jury Set," 17 Jan. 2020 But even when the decision came down, the men in my JROTC classroom sided with the efforts to exclude women. Jennifer Carroll Foy, Marie Claire, "Women Are Not Granted Equality Anywhere in the Constitution," 15 Jan. 2020 The jobs’ physically demanding nature also tends to exclude candidates with disabilities. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "How assistants, and The Assistant, are challenging the culture of Hollywood," 12 Jan. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excluding. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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.
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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