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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for secluding

Historical Examples

  • Clemens's resolutions for secluding himself were swept away.

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • 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

  • He said that he immensely regretted the necessity for secluding me so long.

  • People say all kinds of things about her secluding herself because she has a baby.

    Was It Right to Forgive?

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

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

    Family Pride

    Mary J. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for secluding


verb (tr)
  1. to remove from contact with others
  2. to shut off or screen from view
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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.

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