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

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. 2018

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)
  1. to remove from contact with others
  2. 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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