verb (used with object), ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing.

  1. to shut or keep out; prevent the entrance of.
  2. to shut out from consideration, privilege, etc.: Employees and their relatives were excluded from participation in the contest.
  3. to expel and keep out; thrust out; eject: He was excluded from the club for infractions of the rules.

verb (tr)

  1. to keep out; prevent from entering
  2. to reject or not consider; leave out
  3. to expel forcibly; eject
  4. to debar from school, either temporarily or permanently, as a form of punishment

v.mid-14c., from Latin excludere “keep out, shut out, hinder,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + claudere “to close, shut” (see close (v.)). Related: Excluded; excluding.

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