in·​clude | \ in-ˈklüd \
included; including

Definition of include

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from include

includable or includible \ in-​ˈklü-​də-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for include


carry, comprehend, contain, embrace, encompass, entail, involve, number, subsume, take in


exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

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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

Examples of include in a Sentence

The speakers will include several experts on the subject. The price of dinner includes dessert. Admission to the museum is included in the tour package. The results came in too late for us to include them in the study.
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The battles include BJ Quagan vs. Peter Gacek, Josh Wells vs. Tom McCudden, Laura Manasewich vs. Julia Pistell and a tag team match of Cassandra Khan and Nate Gagnon against Jack Hughes and Nate D’Entremont. Christopher Arnott,, "Comedy Round-Up: SNL Veterans, Michael Blackson, Sea Tea Wrestling Match," 14 July 2018 Symptoms of the non-fatal infection include diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight, cramping, bloating, gas, nausea and vomiting. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin included in Cyclospora outbreak tied to McDonald's salads," 14 July 2018 Major risk factors for accidental falls include lower body weakness, vitamin D deficiency (this nutrient helps with bone strength), vision problems, medicines that affect balance, difficulty walking, and more, according to the CDC. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway U.S. public opinion in 2016. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 Drag queens hold a mass rally in Central London against the Trump administrations record on LGBT rights including a ban on transgender personnel. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Explosive Comments from Trump Kick Off Day of Mass Protests in the U.K.," 13 July 2018 From boars roaming Berlin and gangs of baboons in Cape Town to a mountain lion in the Hollywood Hills and coyotes in Chicago, the swelling ranks of new and eager urban dwellers include many wild animals. Aditi Shrikant,, "When wild animals urbanize," 13 July 2018 Those circumstances include if agents can't verify the relationship between the adult and minor, or if the parent is deemed to be a risk for the minor or has a criminal history. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Rights group claims family separations continue at border, despite Trump's executive order," 13 July 2018 These include showing respect for national pride, explaining how President Trump’s anti-immigrant and tariff policies hurt the working class economically, and ensuring that hardworking Americans qualify for and can secure good jobs. WSJ, "Elites Miss the Point on Immigration Politics," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of include

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for include

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

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The first known use of include was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of include

: 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


in·​clude | \ in-ˈklüd \
included; including

Kids Definition of include

: to take in or have as part of a whole Dinner includes dessert.

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