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verb (used with object), ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing.
  1. to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.
  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.

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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  1. excepting


verb (tr)
  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
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 excluding



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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