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How to pronounce exclude (audio)

Dictionary definition of exclude

To deliberately leave someone or something out or not including them in a particular group, activity, or situation.
"They decided to exclude him from the meeting because of his disruptive behavior."

Detailed meaning of exclude

When you exclude someone, you intentionally keep them from being part of a certain set or category. It involves actively keeping someone or something separate or apart from others. Exclusion can occur due to various reasons such as discrimination, rejection, or a specific criteria not being met. By excluding, one intentionally creates a boundary or barrier to prevent someone or something from accessing or participating in a particular context. It can be a conscious decision made to isolate or deny involvement, effectively keeping someone or something out of a desired or expected circumstance.

Example sentences containing exclude

1. They often exclude me from their plans.
2. Please do not exclude anyone from the discussion.
3. You shouldn't exclude her just because she made a mistake.
4. They exclude certain foods from their diet for health reasons.
5. Don't exclude yourself from opportunities that come your way.
6. He tends to exclude himself from social gatherings.

History and etymology of exclude

The verb 'exclude' has its etymological origins in Latin. It can be traced back to the Latin word 'excludere,' which consists of two components: 'ex,' meaning 'out of' or 'away from,' and 'cludere,' meaning 'to close' or 'shut.' This etymology reflects the idea of deliberately closing or shutting someone or something out, thereby not including them in a particular group, activity, or situation. Over time, as Latin evolved into Old French and eventually into English, the word 'exclude' retained its core meaning of intentionally leaving someone or something out, conveying the notion of deliberate exclusion that is still present in its contemporary usage.

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Further usage examples of exclude

1. Let's not exclude any possibilities before making a decision.
2. They exclude him from their group activities.
3. I don't want to exclude anyone from the team; everyone should have a chance.
4. Why do you always exclude me from important conversations?
5. It's not fair to exclude him based on his past mistakes.
6. The school cannot exclude any student based on their race or religion.
7. The new policy aims to exclude biased opinions from influencing the decision-making process.
8. The membership excludes certain benefits for non-paying members.
9. We should not exclude anyone who wants to participate in the event.
10. The exclusion of specific items from the sale disappointed some customers.
11. The rules should not exclude people based on their socioeconomic status.
12. The company policy doesn't exclude anyone from applying for a position.
13. We shouldn't exclude her ideas just because she's new to the team.
14. The policy is designed to exclude any unethical behavior from the workplace.



omit, include, admit, incorporate


ACT 5 (American College Testing), Choices and Decisions, Denial and Defiance

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