- the act of including or the state of being included
- something included
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the act of including.
- the state of being included.
- something that is included.
- Cell Biology[Biol.]a body suspended in the cytoplasm, as a granule.
- Mineralogy[Mineral.]a solid body or a body of gas or liquid enclosed within the mass of a mineral.
- Geology, Rocks[Petrog.]xenolith.
- Mathematics, Philosophy[Logic, Math.]the relationship between two sets when the second is a subset of the first.
1945–50 for def. 7;
- to contain or have as part of a whole[not: be + ~-ing]The meal includes dessert and coffee.
- to place (something) in a category:Whom would you include in your list?
v.t., -clud•ed, -clud•ing.
- to contain, as a whole does parts or any part or element:The package includes the computer, program, disks, and a manual.
- to place in an aggregate, class, category, or the like.
- to contain as a subordinate element; involve as a factor.
- Latin inclūdere to shut in, equivalent. to in- in-2 + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to shut (compare close)
- late Middle English 1375–1425
1 . embody. Include, comprehend, comprise, embrace imply containing parts of a whole. To include is to contain as a part or member, or among the parts and members, of a whole:The list includes many new names.To comprehend is to have within the limits, scope, or range of references, as either a part or the whole number of items concerned:The plan comprehends several projects.To comprise is to consist of, as the various parts serving to make up the whole:This genus comprises 50 species.Embrace emphasizes the extent or assortment of that which is included:The report embraces a great variety of subjects. 1 . exclude, preclude.