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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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  • It would be better if employers and agencies voluntarily agreed not to exclude unemployed applicants, but they haven't.
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  • But if you had to boil down our fisheries failures to one root cause you could blame the inability to exclude users.
  • Cover vegetables with floating row covers to exclude leafhoppers.
  • Status differences did not exclude frank discussion.
  • Named-peril policies specify risks covered and exclude everything else.
  • Officials exclude its reporters from press conferences.
  • We must not exclude any clean energy source including nuclear.
  • Receiving the treatment could exclude me from future clinical trials.
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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