se·​clude | \ si-ˈklüd How to pronounce seclude (audio) \
secluded; secluding

Definition of seclude

transitive verb

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

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Examples of seclude in a Sentence

He secluded himself in his room to study for the exam. the patients will be secluded until they are no longer contagious
Recent Examples on the Web Tucked inside a bill passed by the Legislature that limits when teachers statewide can restrain or seclude a child is a camera requirement that applies only to Broward County. Scott Travis,, 14 May 2021 In addition, schools could seclude students in unlocked spaces and use other types of restraints only when it is deemed there is a danger of serious physical harm to the student or others. Kevin Bessler, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2021 Dewey did not seclude himself as Biden has often done. W. Joseph Campbell, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2020 Each district reported secluding students hundreds of times that school year. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, 23 Apr. 2020 The two kittens were born on February 11th and have been secluded in a den with their mother since then to avoid any external stress and allow proper bonding. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, 8 Apr. 2020 Someone else had told me about a new normal where, at least if someone was going to try to make something this year, the cast and crew would be secluded in a sleepaway camp type thing. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2020 Its site is secluded and private because the next-door estate covers 87 acres, designed by the renowned Danish-American landscaper Jens Jensen and maintained by the historic mansion’s staff. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 7 Mar. 2020 This is not a time when an ambitious politician will want to take a back seat, let alone be secluded in full quarantine and bed rest. The Economist, 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of seclude

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for seclude

Middle English, to cut off (from), from Latin secludere to separate, seclude, from se- apart + claudere to close — more at secede, close entry 1

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The first known use of seclude was circa 1533

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“Seclude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seclude

: to keep (someone) away from other people

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