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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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  • As he is my physician's brother, and there has been no way of secluding him, I have had to do this.

    The Red Rugs of Tarsus Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • People say all kinds of things about her secluding herself because she has a baby.

    Was It Right to Forgive? Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Clemens's resolutions for secluding himself were swept away.

  • There is no reason for her secluding herself in the nursery as she does.

    Family Pride Mary J. Holmes
  • Toward nightfall, after secluding myself in my room most of the afternoon, I went into the garden to walk about.

    Looking Backward Edward Bellamy
  • “The Palace of Art” is an attempt to trace the Nemesis of selfish culture, secluding itself from social human life and duty.

  • For a few days, with great zeal and self-denial, she would persevere in secluding herself in the library with her books.

    Maria Antoinette John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • secluding himself as much as possible in his private room, or in his leafless woods, his reveries increase in gloom.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He said that he immensely regretted the necessity for secluding me so long.

    The City in the Clouds C. Ranger Gull
  • If rigidly carried out this plan has the advantage of secluding the criminal from his fellows.

    The Criminal Havelock Ellis
British Dictionary definitions for secluding


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 secluding



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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