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

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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 19-year-old Mbappe has been the biggest sensation at the tournament in Russia, scoring three goals — including two against Argentina in the round of 16 — and creating havoc for opposing defenses with his pace and his agility. Graham Dunbar,, "Mbappe's France face Croatia's Modric for the World Cup title," 14 July 2018 One of the locals included Church Street Brewing in Itasca. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Summer Ale Fest draws 200 craft brewers, 5,000 beer drinkers," 14 July 2018 The four-star prospect was 3-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, while helping handle point guard responsibilities. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pledge Josh Nickelberry recruiting teammates for Cards," 13 July 2018 The reasons for the constraints on Kushner's intelligence access are unclear, including whether they are related to the ongoing special counsel investigation, which has examined his interactions with foreign officials. Carol D. Leonnig, Anchorage Daily News, "Limits still remain on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Kushner," 13 July 2018 Festival founder Jean Nelson, who died in 2016, is the woman who gathered Munchkins from around the country — including Mary Ellen and her late husband — to attend the annual Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton Oz Fest ‘First Lady’ still greeting fans," 13 July 2018 Nominal real-estate investment was 10% percent higher in the first five months of 2018, including a whopping 69% rise in land investment. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Land Grab Could End Badly," 13 July 2018 Her extended family included three dogs: Rosey, Sara, and Zeus., "Joyce A. Grinold," 13 July 2018 Rogers' pass-heavy offense was an instant hit, including with Kirk Gibson, who became an All-American and eventual College Football Hall of Famer under his guidance. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Darryl Rogers' family: Ex-Detroit Lions, MSU coach died of natural causes," 12 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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