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 EnglishRelated formsun·se·clud·ing, adjective
< Latin sēclūdere,
equivalent to sē- se-
combining form of claudere
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Related Words for secludecloister
Examples from the Web for seclude
Historical Examples of seclude
It was at this time that Pascal and Clotilde ceased to seclude themselves.
It was not to be expected that the Whartons should seclude themselves because of her grief.
He embraced him, told him where he meant to seclude himself, and left the house.
Some nationalities are almost Oriental in the way they seclude their women.
I readily consented to seclude myself from Wieland's presence.
British Dictionary definitions for seclude
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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