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seclude

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transitive verb se·clude \si-ˈklüd\

Simple Definition of seclude

  • : to keep (someone) away from other people

Full Definition of seclude

se·clud·edse·clud·ing

  1. 1 obsolete :  to exclude from a privilege, rank, or dignity :  debar

  2. 2 :  to remove or separate from intercourse or outside influence :  isolate

  3. 3 :  shut off, screen

Examples of seclude

  1. He secluded himself in his room to study for the exam.

  2. <the patients will be secluded until they are no longer contagious>



Origin of seclude

Middle English, to cut off (from), from Latin secludere to separate, seclude, from se- apart + claudere to close — more at secede, close


First Known Use: circa 1533



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