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include Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb have as a part, be made up out of
    • The list includes the names of many famous writers
  2. verb consider as part of something
    • I include you in the list of culprits
  3. verb add as part of something else; put in as part of a set, group, or category
    • We must include this chemical element in the group
  4. verb allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
    admit; let in.
    • admit someone to the profession
    • She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar

In*clude" transitive verb
L. includere, inclusum; pref. in- in + claudere to shut. See Close, and cf. Enclose.
imperfect & past participle Included; present participle & verbal noun Including
  1. To confine within; to hold; to contain; to shut up; to inclose; as, the shell of a nut includes the kernel; a pearl is included in a shell.
  2. To comprehend or comprise, as a genus the species, the whole a part, an argument or reason the inference; to contain; to embrace; as, this volume of Shakespeare includes his sonnets; he was included in the invitation to the family; to and including page twenty-five. usu. up to and including . . .
    The whole included race, his purposed prey. Milton.
    The loss of such a lord includes all harm. Shak.
  3. To conclude; to end; to terminate. Obs.
    Come, let us go; we will include all jars With triumphs, mirth, and rare solemnity. Shak.
    Syn. -- To contain; inclose; comprise; comprehend; embrace; involve.

Webster 1913