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

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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 Dozing off in the afternoons be- came a common hobby, as did complaining about headaches, which also evolved into an excuse to seclude herself in her room away from her mother-in-law. Town & Country, 1 Nov. 2022 The grants are geared towards artists who may not be able to seclude themselves for weeks at a time like many residencies encourage. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 18 Jan. 2022 The contrast works to aesthetically seclude the toll lanes. Kevin Spear,, 16 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seclude was circa 1533

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Cite this Entry

“Seclude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


se·​clude si-ˈklüd How to pronounce seclude (audio)
secluded; secluding
: to keep away from others : secrete, hide
secluded themselves
: to shut away : screen, isolate
a cottage secluded by forests

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