verb in·clude \ in-ˈklüd \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of include

included; including
1 : to shut up : enclose
2 : to take in or comprise as a part of a whole or group
3 : to contain between or within
  • two sides and the included angle


or includible play \in-ˈklü-də-bəl\ adjective

Examples of include in a Sentence

  1. The speakers will include several experts on the subject.

  2. The price of dinner includes dessert.

  3. Admission to the museum is included in the tour package.

  4. The results came in too late for us to include them in the study.

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Origin and Etymology of include

Middle English, from Latin includere, from in- + claudere to close — more at close

Synonym Discussion of include

include, comprehend, embrace, involve mean to contain within as part of the whole. include suggests the containment of something as a constituent, component, or subordinate part of a larger whole.
    • the price of dinner includes dessert
comprehend implies that something comes within the scope of a statement or definition.
    • his system comprehends all history
embrace implies a gathering of separate items within a whole.
    • her faith embraces both Christian and non-Christian beliefs
involve suggests inclusion by virtue of the nature of the whole, whether by being its natural or inevitable consequence.
    • the new job involves a lot of detail

INCLUDE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of include for English Language Learners

  • : to have (someone or something) as part of a group or total : to contain (someone or something) in a group or as a part of something

  • : to make (someone or something) a part of something

INCLUDE Defined for Kids


verb in·clude \ in-ˈklüd \

Definition of include for Students

included; including
: to take in or have as part of a whole
  • Dinner includes dessert.

Word Root of include

The Latin word claudere, meaning “to close” or “to shut,” gives us the root clud. To exclude is to shut another out of a group. To include is to shut someone into a group. To conclude, or bring something, such as a speech, to an end, is to close it.

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