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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: exclude /ɪkˈskluːd/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexcluding
past tenseexcluded
past participleexcluded
  1. 1
    to deliberately not include something

    These figures exclude cash receipts.

    exclude something from something:

    These costs have been excluded from our calculations.

  2. 2
    to deliberately prevent someone or something from being involved in an activity or from entering a place

    Cover it with plastic to exclude light.

    exclude someone from something:

    The committee now has to decide whether to exclude him from the competition.

    1. a.
      to make someone feel that they do not belong to your group

      I felt as though the other women were excluding me.

  3. 3
    to decide that something is not possible or worth considering

    We cannot exclude the possibility that the growth is cancerous.

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