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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: excludere, from claudere 'to close'

exclude

verb
     
ex‧clude S2 W3 [transitive]
1 to deliberately not include something [≠ include]:
a special diet that excludes dairy products
The judges decided to exclude evidence which had been unfairly attained.
exclude something from something
Some of the data was specifically excluded from the report.
2 to not allow someone to take part in something or not allow them to enter a place, especially in a way that seems wrong or unfair [≠ include]:
a mainstream exhibition that excluded women artists
exclude somebody from (doing) something
The press had been deliberately excluded from the event.
Sarah heard the other girls talking and laughing and felt excluded.
3 British English to officially make a child leave their school because of their bad behaviour
4 to decide that something is not a possibility:
Social workers have excluded sexual abuse as a reason for the child's disappearance.
At this stage we cannot entirely exclude the possibility of staff cuts.

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