Definition of include in English:


Line breaks: in|clude
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈkluːd


[with object]
  • 2Make part of a whole or set: we have included some hints for beginners in this section
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    • The FBI's documents included no hint as to how someone mistakenly put on can get himself removed.
    • The Prime Minister hinted yesterday that legislation on airguns may be included in the Queen's Speech.
    • The Supreme Court filings included only a hint of the nastiness and sleaze from the family fight.
    add, insert, put in, append, enter, build in
  • 2.1Allow (someone) to share in an activity or privilege: there were doubts as to whether she was included in the invitation
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    • There might be a cousin visiting and you have to decide whether you include him in the sample.
    • I also seem to recall that Clarke said this encounter included him and other unnamed persons.
    • He is included by name regardless of whether or not he has children.
  • 2.2 (include someone out) • informal Specifically exclude someone from a group or activity.
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    • Nor are you, and this is important for anybody who adheres to the EE Cummings adage ‘include me out’, constantly being pestered to join in with everything.
    • If so, in the immortal words of Sam Goldwyn, ‘include me out!’
    • If that's supposed to be Utopia, include me out.


late Middle English (also in the sense 'shut in'): from Latin includere, from in- 'into' + claudere 'to shut'.


Include has a broader meaning than comprise. In the sentence the accommodation comprises 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and living room , the word comprise implies that there is no accommodation other than that listed. Include can be used in this way too, but it is also used in a non-restrictive way, implying that there may be other things not specifically mentioned that are part of the same category, as in the price includes a special welcome pack .

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