verb ex·clude \iks-ˈklüd\

: to prevent (someone) from doing something or being a part of a group

: to leave out (something) : to not include (something)

: to think that (something, such as a possibility) is not worth attention


Full Definition of EXCLUDE

transitive verb
a :  to prevent or restrict the entrance of
b :  to bar from participation, consideration, or inclusion
:  to expel or bar especially from a place or position previously occupied
ex·clud·er noun

Origin of EXCLUDE

Middle English, from Latin excludere, from ex- + claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 14th century
EXCLUDE Defined for Kids


verb ex·clude \ik-ˈsklüd\

Definition of EXCLUDE for Kids

:  to shut out :  keep out <Don't exclude your little sister from the game.>

Word Root of EXCLUDE

The Latin word claudere, meaning to close or to shut, gives us the root clud. To exclude is to shut another out of a group. To include is to shut someone into a group. To conclude, or bring something, such as a speech, to an end, is to close it.


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