transitive verb \si-ˈklüd\

: to keep (someone) away from other people


Full Definition of SECLUDE

obsolete :  to exclude from a privilege, rank, or dignity :  debar
:  to remove or separate from intercourse or outside influence :  isolate

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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