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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Outside, there’s a swimming pool and spa, a fire pit and secluded sitting area. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Alicia Keys gets into the La Jolla state of mind," 14 Sep. 2019 Outside, there’s a swimming pool and spa, a fire pit and secluded sitting area. Los Angeles Times, "Alex Rodriguez sells Honnold & Rex research house in the Hollywood Hills," 30 Aug. 2019 By secluding themselves into mostly rural areas, their employment options were limited. Rina Raphael, New York Times, "Why Doesn’t Anyone Want to Live in This Perfect Place?," 24 Aug. 2019 An old Cadillac drove up to the cemetery where Dayle Allen Shockley had secluded herself after another argument with her husband. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Houston area authors selected for new ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ book," 23 Aug. 2019 The hotel is located slope-side, a regal lodge secluded among fragrant sage, Manzanita, and pines. Agatha French, Orange County Register, "Lake Tahoe: The jewel of the Sierras shines bright," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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