Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prevent from entering; keep out; bar: a jar sealed to exclude outside air; an immigration policy that excludes undesirables.
  • transitive v. To prevent from being included, considered, or accepted; reject: The court excluded the improperly obtained evidence.
  • transitive v. To put out; expel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bar (someone) from entering; to keep out.
  • v. To expel; to put out.
  • v. To refuse to accept as valid.
  • v. To eliminate from diagnostic consideration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shut out; to hinder from entrance or admission; to debar from participation or enjoyment; to deprive of; to except; -- the opposite to admit
  • transitive v. To thrust out or eject; to expel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shut out; debar from admission or participation; prevent from entering or sharing.
  • To except or reject, as from a privilege or grant, from consideration, etc.
  • To thrust out; eject; extrude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. prevent from being included or considered or accepted
  • v. put out or expel from a place
  • v. lack or fail to include
  • v. prevent from entering; keep out
  • v. prevent from entering; shut out

Etymologies

Middle English excluden, from Latin exclūdere : ex-, ex- + claudere, to shut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin excludere, from prefix ex- ("out"), + variant form of verb claudere ("close"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "At the end of the day, how much money health insurers are able to exclude from the amount they have to pay on health care will determine whether or not the health law's mandate that more money go to patient care is really enacted," she said.

    Panel close to deciding which costs health insurers can define as beneficial to patients

  • Note that the focus here is to exclude from the exceptions documents/materials made purely or primarily for advertising purposes; hence even the most craptacular, irrelevant book on the market today would still qualify for the customs duty exemption, as long as its plot was more than: Kim buys a Coca-cola, opens it, and finds happiness.

    On the Great Book Blockade of 2009 (Updated 7 May) (with BDAP Paper) « BAHAY TALINHAGA

  • Huge, because it will lay down what minimum protection is for domestic workers at the international level; knowing that nationally there are many countries that exclude from the scope of national legislation, domestic workers.

    ILO Seeks Global Support for Domestic Worker Protection

  • Okay, these aren't directly relevant to the case, but they were too cute to exclude from the post:

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Unless you get jiggy with the Gnostics — which I'd certainly exclude from the Abrahamic traditions around us today — you're not going to square the two.

    A Conundrum

  • Let us not exclude from the discussion the third father of science fiction, a man as inventive of basic tropes and ideas of our genre as Wells, but woefully neglected: Olaf Stapledon.

    MIND MELD: Is Science Fiction Antithetical to Religion?

  • Even core inflation excluding energy and food, which for some reason the Fed does exclude, is going through the roof.

    Easter Lemming Liberal News

  • The underlying analogy is threefold: to consume wine or to abstain from its consumption is to welcome into or exclude from the body politic an outcast which is also to grant or deny representation within a symbolic order.

    Economies of Excess in Brillat-Savarin, Balzac, and Baudelaire

  • How many times did your name exclude you from employment, club membership or staying at a hotel?

    Howie Greene: Dear Bubbe and Zaidy

  • And therefore the bill would appear to exclude from the definition of "cruel treatment" many cases of actual cruel treatment prohibited by Common Article 3.

    Balkinization

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  • In addition, exclude means to hatch or give birth to. "After Latin excludere ova. To draw, put or thrust forth from (a receptacle); to hatch (chickens, etc.); also fig.; to give birth to (young), to lay (eggs). Also †of the midwife: To extract. Const. from, out of" (OED).

    January 30, 2012