verb (used with object), ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing.

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 formsex·clud·er, nounex·clu·so·ry [ik-skloo-suh-ree, -zuh-ree] /ɪkˈsklu sə ri, -zə ri/, adjectivepre·ex·clude, verb (used with object), pre·ex·clud·ed, pre·ex·clud·ing.un·ex·clud·ed, adjectiveun·ex·clud·ing, adjective

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Antonyms for exclude

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Examples from the Web for exclude

Contemporary Examples of exclude

Historical Examples of exclude

  • 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.

  • 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 (tr)

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 Formsexcludable or excludible, adjectiveexcluder, noun

Word Origin for exclude

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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