- Exclude is defined as to keep out or to refuse to admit.
An example of exclude is for a group of children to tell another child that he cannot play with them.
A little girl is being excluded by her friends.
transitive verbex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing, ex·cludes
- To prevent from entering; keep out; bar: a jar sealed to exclude outside air; an immigration policy that excludes undesirables.
- To prevent from being included, considered, or accepted; reject: The court excluded the improperly obtained evidence.
- To put out; expel.
Origin of excludeMiddle English excluden, from Latin exclūdere : ex-, ex- + claudere, to shut.
- ex·clud′a·ble, ex·clud′i·ble
(third-person singular simple present excludes, present participle excluding, simple past and past participle excluded)