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[si-klood] /sɪˈklud/
verb (used with object), secluded, secluding.
to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
to isolate; shut off; keep apart:
They secluded the garden from the rest of the property.
Origin of seclude
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin sēclūdere, equivalent to sē- se- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related forms
unsecluding, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for seclude
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  • He embraced him, told him where he meant to seclude himself, and left the house.

    Popular Tales Madame Guizot
  • It was at this time that Pascal and Clotilde ceased to seclude themselves.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • seclude thyself from the turmoil of secular affairs and often even from talk with thy brethren.

  • It was not to be expected that the Whartons should seclude themselves because of her grief.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Darling, how I hate to seclude you from the gaze of men because I am too poor to adorn you like the rest.

  • Some nationalities are almost Oriental in the way they seclude their women.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • She resolved to seclude herself from the giddy world, and brood over her own sorrows in a nunnery.

  • I readily consented to seclude myself from Wieland's presence.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • This is merely an iron pot, with a close fitting flange lid so as to seclude all dust and ashes, and we used it in this way.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Things have come to such a pass that, in fact, is advisable to seclude you here.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for seclude


verb (transitive)
to remove from contact with others
to shut off or screen from view
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sēclūdere to shut off, from sē- + claudere to imprison
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seclude

mid-15c., "to shut up, enclose, confine," from Latin secludere "shut off, confine," from se- "apart" (see secret) + -cludere, variant of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Meaning "to remove or guard from public view" is recorded from 1620s. Related: Secluded; secluding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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