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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
Historical Examples
  • It was at this time that Pascal and Clotilde ceased to seclude themselves.

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

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He embraced him, told him where he meant to seclude himself, and left the house.

    Popular Tales

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

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • I readily consented to seclude myself from Wieland's presence.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Things have come to such a pass that, in fact, is advisable to seclude you here.

    When the Sleeper Wakes Herbert George Wells
  • It was manifestly true that he had no right to seclude her in that fashion.

    Ayala's Angel

    Anthony Trollope
  • In 1696 he had found it necessary to divorce her, and seclude her in a convent.

  • No one complains if they seclude themselves at certain hours.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson
  • 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
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
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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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