verb (used with object), se·clud·ed, se·clud·ing.

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

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin sēclūdere, equivalent to sē- se- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related formsun·se·clud·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seclude

Historical Examples of seclude

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for seclude


verb (tr)

to remove from contact with others
to shut off or screen from view

Word Origin for seclude

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.

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