Other forms: excluded; excluding; excludes

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
  1. verb
    prevent from entering; shut out
    “This policy excludes people who have a criminal record from entering the country”
    synonyms: keep out, shut, shut out
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    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
    type of:
    keep, prevent
    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
  2. verb
    prevent from entering; keep out
    synonyms: bar, debar
  3. verb
    prevent from being included or considered or accepted
    “The bad results were excluded from the report”
    synonyms: except, leave off, leave out, omit, take out
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    consider as part of something
    leave or strike out
    omit (a letter or syllable) in speaking or writing
    type of:
    do away with, eliminate, extinguish, get rid of
    terminate, end, or take out
  4. verb
    lack or fail to include
    “The cost for the trip excludes food and beverages”
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    have as a part, be made up out of
    type of:
    lack, miss
    be without
  5. verb
    put out or expel from a place
    “The unruly student was excluded from the game”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out




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