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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The small meeting will be followed by an extended session that will include Vice President Kamala Harris as well as several of Biden's Cabinet-level advisers and Trudeau's ministers. Aamer Madhani And Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Coronavirus forces Biden to forgo pomp for US-Canada meeting," 23 Feb. 2021 When looking for a stationery set, keep an eye out for options that include lots of pieces. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Stationery sets that make back to school shopping simple," 23 Feb. 2021 Per Andrew Tobias, DeWine said the teams will have to get local health-department approval for safety plans that will include wearing masks and separating groups from each other in the stands. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "FirstEnergy to open books on its political spending: Capitol Letter," 23 Feb. 2021 Changes have already begun on the district’s courses, with long-term renovations that will include an overhaul of facilities and courses at Rock Creek, Langston and East Potomac. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Mobile dining room, Gladys Knight, virtual dance marathon: News from around our 50 states," 23 Feb. 2021 Biden will also join Vice President Kamala Harris later on Monday for an event at the White House that will include a speech by the president, a moment of silence and a candle lighting ceremony. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "COVID-19 deaths top 500,000 in the U.S.," 22 Feb. 2021 Hendren had been considering a run for governor next year because Hutchinson is term-limited, but Hendren’s decision to leave the party keeps him out of a GOP primary that will include Trump’s former White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders. Time, "Arkansas Gov. Says He Won’t Support Donald Trump If He Runs in 2024," 22 Feb. 2021 The board’s approval requires Eversource to create an emergency response plan for the substation that will include steps to take for floods and fires, according to the state. Danny Mcdonald,, "State board OKs controversial East Boston substation; foes vow to appeal," 22 Feb. 2021 The factory produces clothes for customers that include international fashion brands. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Who is responsible for the world’s garment workers?," 22 Feb. 2021

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

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26 Feb 2021

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“Include.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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