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 Dewey did not seclude himself as Biden has often done. W. Joseph Campbell, Fortune, "The parallels between 1948’s ‘Dewey defeats Truman’ election and today," 3 Nov. 2020 Each district reported secluding students hundreds of times that school year. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "How Often Do Schools Use Seclusion and Restraint? The Federal Government Isn’t Properly Tracking the Data, According to a New Report," 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, "Miami zoo announces birth of clouded leopard kittens with adorable photos," 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, "How I'm Living Now: Zach Braff, Actor, Writer and Director," 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, "Cottage built for Edsel and Eleanor Ford's head housekeeper is for sale for $689K," 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, "Troubling symptoms The perils of politics in a pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 King Salman, 84, has secluded himself in an island palace on the Red Sea, while Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has retreated with many of his ministers to a remote site on the same coast. Carole Landry, New York Times, "Trade Forecast, Bernie Sanders, India’s Air: Your Thursday Briefing," 8 Apr. 2020 Pool/Samir HusseinGetty Images Currently secluding themselves in their L.A. home, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have apparently changed plans for Archie Harrison's birthday. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Had to Adjust Their Plans for Archie's Birthday," 8 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 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of seclude

: to keep (someone) away from other people

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