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[ ik-sklood ]

verb (used with object)

, ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing.
  1. to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.

    Synonyms: preclude, omit, except, prohibit, bar

    Antonyms: include

  2. to shut out from consideration, privilege, etc.:

    Employees and their relatives were excluded from participation in the contest.

  3. to expel and keep out; thrust out; eject:

    He was excluded from the club for infractions of the rules.

    Synonyms: reject


/ ɪkˈskluːd /


  1. to keep out; prevent from entering
  2. to reject or not consider; leave out
  3. to expel forcibly; eject
  4. to debar from school, either temporarily or permanently, as a form of punishment

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Derived Forms

  • exˈcluder, noun
  • exˈcludable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ex·cluder noun
  • ex·clu·so·ry [ik-, skloo, -s, uh, -ree, -z, uh, -ree], adjective
  • preex·clude verb (used with object) preexcluded preexcluding
  • unex·cluded adjective
  • unex·cluding adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of exclude1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin exclūdere “to shut out, cut off,” from ex- ex- 1 + -clūdere, combining form of claudere “to shut, close”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of exclude1

C14: from Latin exclūdere, from claudere to shut

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Example Sentences

Senate Democrats blocked the bill, which excluded any new stimulus checks and did not include money for rental or nutrition assistance that Pelosi has demanded.

Insurers have many other defenses as well, including policies that specifically exclude paying for pandemic-related losses.

From Fortune

Be sure to check with your insurer to see whether your dog might be excluded from coverage.

As the foundation initially contemplated a revote, the committee pushed back against the foundation’s attempts to revise the award results by striking certain names from the ballot and sending it to a voting committee that excluded previous winners.

From Eater

That figure excludes how much the company would have spent on social media channels as Kantar doesn’t track social media spending.

From Digiday

Read too strictly, this would exclude highly inventive works of science fiction and fantasy because they lack realism.

Their answer on the national level was to exclude religion altogether from the Constitution and from national politics.

We exclude Catholics because they owe allegiance to an institution that is foreign to the Government of the United States.

The Los Angeles Times as well as the website Reddit have chosen to exclude contributions from skeptics.

Lest his snub be too subtle, Logan went on to single out and exclude Southerners for their “rebellious tyranny.”

If he does not inhibit or exclude from his mind the word “Petition” he can make no advance.

In pernicious anemia they are always greatly diminished, and an increase should exclude the diagnosis of this disease.

With respect to future additions these are covered by the policy unless it is so drawn as to show a clear intent to exclude them.

In the yellowing process the door of the barn should be kept closed to exclude the air.

The doors are hung with heavy curtains to exclude the noontide heat, as is still common in Italian churches.





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