- 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)
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1. bar, prohibit, except, omit, preclude. 3. reject.
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Examples from the Web for exclude
Their answer on the national level was to exclude religion altogether from the Constitution and from national politics.In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father
September 22, 2014
We exclude Catholics because they owe allegiance to an institution that is foreign to the Government of the United States.A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock
August 17, 2014
The Los Angeles Times as well as the website Reddit have chosen to exclude contributions from skeptics.Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent
June 7, 2014
Lest his snub be too subtle, Logan went on to single out and exclude Southerners for their “rebellious tyranny.”The Real Memorial Day: Oliver Wendell Holmes's Salute To A Momentous American Anniversary
May 26, 2014
How do you exclude Game of Thrones, when it produced the most shocking TV moment of the year with the Red Wedding?The Best TV Shows of 2013: ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and More
December 13, 2013
It is a matter of course that the one should exclude the other.The Conquest of Fear
The African magician I find it very difficult to exclude from my Wigwam too.The Uncommercial Traveller
Let us not be supposed to exclude the intellect from a share in every highest office.A Dish Of Orts
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?Initiation into Philosophy
- 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
C14: from Latin exclūdere, from claudere to shut
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Word Origin and History for exclude
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