Exclude means to leave out — like when the cool kids won't let you in on their game of four-square or the pizza guy leaves your neighborhood out from his delivery zone.

Exclude comes to us from the Latin word excludere, which means "to shut." So essentially, when you exclude someone you slam the door in their face one way or another: You won't let them into the party, you leave them off the invite list, or refuse to include them in the conversation once they arrive. Needless to say, excluding others is not very nice.

Definitions of exclude

v prevent from entering; shut out

“This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country”
keep out, shut, shut out
admit, include, let in
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
accept, admit, take, take on
admit into a group or community
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curse, excommunicate, unchurch
exclude from a church or a religious community
lock out
prevent employees from working during a strike
ostracise, ostracize
avoid speaking to or dealing with
refuse to sponsor; refuse to do business with
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keep, prevent
stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

v prevent from entering; keep out

bar, debar
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disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe, veto
command against

v prevent from being included or considered or accepted

“The bad results were excluded from the report”
except, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
consider as part of something
leave or strike out
omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
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do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
terminate, end, or take out

v lack or fail to include

“The cost for the trip excludes food and beverages”
have as a part, be made up out of
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lack, miss
be without

v put out or expel from a place

“The unruly student was excluded from the game”
boot out, chuck out, eject, turf out, turn out
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evict, force out
expel from one's property or force to move out by a legal process
expel or eject without recourse to legal process
show the door
ask to leave
eject from the premises
exorcise, exorcize
expel through adjuration or prayers
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expel, kick out, throw out
force to leave or move out

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