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Borrowed from Latin exclūdō, from prefix ex- (out) + variant form of verb claudō (close).


  • IPA(key): /ɪksˈkluːd/
  • Hyphenation: ex‧clude
  • Rhymes: -uːd
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exclude (third-person singular simple present excludes, present participle excluding, simple past and past participle excluded)

  1. (transitive) To bar (someone) from entering; to keep out.
    • 2019 July 24, David Austin Walsh, “Flirting With Fascism”, in Jewish Currents[1]:
      [David] Brog spoke movingly of his immigrant grandfather as a triumph of the assimilationist model—a Romanian Jew who emigrated to America, learned English, and became a good patriotic American—but failed to mention that the 1924 Immigration Act was designed specifically to exclude Eastern European Jews (among other undesirable European ethnic groups) from entering the country.
  2. (transitive) To expel; to put out.
    to exclude young animals from the womb or from eggs
  3. (transitive) To omit from consideration.
    Count from 1 to 30, but exclude the prime numbers.
  4. (transitive, law) To refuse to accept (evidence) as valid.
  5. (transitive, medicine) To eliminate from diagnostic consideration.



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