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

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 But that would exclude the top 10% of earners who supply 81% of the general fund money to be rebated, according to the latest state figures. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 The blood tests pick up antibodies to the virus, but exclude those sparked by vaccines, allowing researchers to deduce infection rates across the country. Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 Many regions, including New York City, are out of funding, while others have stipulated that tenants must have lost their job due to COVID-19—which would exclude renters like deGraffenreid and Kraus. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 25 Apr. 2022 And also, their results actually do not exclude the possibility to have new physics. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2022 Their plan would exclude high-income earners by capping eligibility at $250,000 in household income, or $125,000 for single filers. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2022 Other legislation, such as in Florida, would exclude certain cryptocurrency transactions from money-transmission laws enacted to curb money laundering. New York Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Luscombe and other tax experts do not expect any last-minute changes, though, as there has been no big push in Congress to exclude some jobless benefits from taxes in 2021. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 31 Jan. 2022 The idea is to completely exclude the ACP vector by growing the trees under a protective 40-50 mesh high density polyethylene screen. Steven Savage, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Exclude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclude. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for exclude


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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