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seclude

[si-klood] /sɪˈklud/
verb (used with object), secluded, secluding.
1.
to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
2.
to isolate; shut off; keep apart:
They secluded the garden from the rest of the property.
Origin of seclude
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin sēclūdere, equivalent to sē- se- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related forms
unsecluding, adjective
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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

seclude

/sɪˈkluːd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove from contact with others
2.
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

seclude

v.

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.

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