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

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The authorities tend to hide people with disabilities away in institutions, secluded from the rest of society. The Economist, "Japanese voters elect two politicians in wheelchairs," 1 Aug. 2019 Jenny Lake is also a springboard for day hikes to Paintbrush Canyon and secluded Leigh Lake. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Grand Teton National Park," 29 July 2019 The home is secluded from others in the neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: ‘Ritualistic Slayings’: Sharon Tate, Four Others Murdered," 28 July 2019 The Inn is situated just a half block from Main Street—close enough to the action, yet secluded enough for true R&R. Rancho Valencia Located in one of San Diego's loveliest suburbs, Rancho Valencia is worth a visit for anyone craving sunshine. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America," 2 Oct. 2018 Last year, authorities raided the sect's secluded Fence Lake, New Mexico compound over concerns of child abuse. Fox News, "2 Christian sect leaders face more charges in New Mexico," 2 May 2018 Though visually stunning, the monastery’s secluded setting posed challenges for its upkeep. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monastery," 6 July 2018 Photo: Akos Stiller for The Wall Street Journal Budapest II and XII High profile The city’s most exclusive districts, II and XII harbor secluded villas winding up into the Buda Hills. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "The Best of Budapest: A Guide for Strategic Travelers," 27 June 2018 The center’s staff, and the world, watched the baby boom happen over the WCC’s webcams, which are set up in the wolves’ secluded dens and enclosures to allow the animals their privacy and to limit human interaction. Kelli Bender,, "With Only 30 Red Wolves Left in the Wild, These 10 Newborn Pups Are Big News," 22 June 2018

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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

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The first known use of seclude was circa 1533

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English Language Learners Definition of seclude

: to keep (someone) away from other people

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