to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element:
The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
to place in an aggregate, class, category, or the like.
to contain as a subordinate element; involve as a factor.
1375-1425;late Middle English < Latininclūdere to shut in, equivalent to in-in-2 + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut (cf. close)
includable, includible, adjective
preinclude, verb (used with object), preincluded, preincluding.
reinclude, verb (used with object), reincluded, reincluding.
1. embody. Include,comprehend,comprise,embrace imply containing parts of a whole. To include is to contain as a part or member, or among the parts and members, of a whole: The list includes many new names.To comprehend is to have within the limits, scope, or range of references, as either a part or the whole number of items concerned: The plan comprehends several projects.To comprise is to consist of, as the various parts serving to make up the whole: This genus comprises 50 species.Embrace emphasizes the extent or assortment of that which is included: The report embraces a great variety of subjects.
c.1400, from Latin includere "to shut in, enclose, imprison, insert," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). The alleged Sam Goldwyn-ism, "Include me out," is attested from 1937. Related: Included; including.