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[ik-sklood] /ɪkˈsklud/
verb (used with object), excluded, excluding.
to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.
to shut out from consideration, privilege, etc.:
Employees and their relatives were excluded from participation in the contest.
to expel and keep out; thrust out; eject:
He was excluded from the club for infractions of the rules.
Origin of exclude
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin exclūdere to shut out, cut off, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -clūdere (combining form of claudere to close)
Related forms
excluder, noun
[ik-skloo-suh-ree, -zuh-ree] /ɪkˈsklu sə ri, -zə ri/ (Show IPA),
preexclude, verb (used with object), preexcluded, preexcluding.
unexcluded, adjective
unexcluding, adjective
1. bar, prohibit, except, omit, preclude. 3. reject.
1. include. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for exclude
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  • It is a matter of course that the one should exclude the other.

  • The African magician I find it very difficult to exclude from my Wigwam too.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Let us not be supposed to exclude the intellect from a share in every highest office.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • We cannot suppose that any one can really mean to exclude all imitation of others.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • Now, does happiness consist in pleasures, or does it exclude them?

British Dictionary definitions for exclude


verb (transitive)
to keep out; prevent from entering
to reject or not consider; leave out
to expel forcibly; eject
to debar from school, either temporarily or permanently, as a form of punishment
Derived Forms
excludable, excludible, adjective
excluder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin exclūdere, from claudere to shut
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Word Origin and History for exclude

mid-14c., from Latin excludere "keep out, shut out, hinder," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + claudere "to close, shut" (see close (v.)). Related: Excluded; excluding.

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