in·​clude | \ in-ˈklüd How to pronounce include (audio) \
included; including

Definition of include

transitive verb

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

Other Words from include

includable or includible \ in-​ˈklü-​də-​bəl How to pronounce include (audio) \ adjective

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web As far as Utah goes, there has been no indication that future schedules will include either program. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 Soon, the Tigers' five-man rotation will include Manning, Tarik Skubal, Tyler Alexander, Beau Brieske and either Garrett Hill or Drew Hutchison. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 29 July 2022 Other company members will include Cameron Olin, Adam Rawlings, Danny Simpson and Amanda Tidwell. cleveland, 29 July 2022 The event will include a live performance by Anvil; special appearances by several other musical guests; and a Q&A session with Kudlow, Reiner, producer Rebecca Yeldham and Gervasi. Michaela Zee, Variety, 29 July 2022 The intimate three-day experience will include iconic acts like Snoop Dogg, Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli, Maxwell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan and newer names on the scene like D Smoke and Alex Isley. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 29 July 2022 The extensive nigiri and sashimi offerings of wild and sustainable fish at Ama Sushi will include abalone, uni, yellowtail and Shime-Saba (marinated mackerel). Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 The first set of dates for the live show will include Ft. Georgia Slater,, 29 July 2022 The creative council’s members will include HBO chief Casey Bloys; Warner Bros. TV Group chief Channing Dungey; Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group; Warner Bros. film chiefs Pamela Abdy and Mike DeLuca; and U.S. networks head Kathleen Finch. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of include

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for include

Middle English, from Latin includere, from in- + claudere to close — more at close entry 1

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1 Aug 2022

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in·​clude | \ in-ˈklüd How to pronounce include (audio) \
included; including

Kids Definition of include

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

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