Definition of seclude in English:



  • Keep (someone) away from other people.

    ‘I secluded myself up here for a life of study and meditation’
    • ‘Paradoxically, considering the elaborate strategies for secluding the house, privacy disappears at night.’
    • ‘She went to see him the next morning, after secluding herself in her room with only Becca's soothing voice through the door to console her.’
    • ‘Increasingly it became difficult to seclude her from the peasants who lived in the surrounding area.’
    • ‘In fact, the rules put into place after that selection in 1271 included secluding the Cardinals from all outside communication.’
    • ‘I'm actually with society… not secluding myself.’
    • ‘If you must seclude yourself, we beg you to spend the time alone honing your eye for the universe's limitless possibilities.’
    • ‘Pulling the glass sliding door slowly, David called out, ‘Why are you secluding yourself?’’
    • ‘When a spell was laid on her to keep her from him, she fell into a fit of desolation, secluding herself and seeing no one.’
    • ‘Andra also designed a huge swing wall to seclude the guest room from the remaining part of the house in order to give privacy to both parties.’
    • ‘My family somewhat secludes itself from the rest of the town, and I've only kept in touch with a handful of friends from college.’
    • ‘The government has a legitimate, compelling interest in secluding these men and denying them access to the outside world.’
    • ‘From childhood his father had taken such care to seclude him.’
    • ‘And yet, the vast majority of hospital staff continue to grab us, shoot us up, tie us down and seclude us.’
    • ‘She remembered how even then he was always alone, secluding himself from the rest of the posse that terrorized the school because of their wealth and position.’
    • ‘When it came to training camp, he was methodical in his preparation often going away and secluding himself from the outside world.’
    • ‘Immense trees covered the lot, secluding the two outdoor terraces and screening busy street traffic.’
    • ‘In contrast, a wall with high windows in India secludes the family from the stranger's gaze.’
    • ‘The fence will seclude the path next to it and make it unsafe for the elderly.’
    • ‘When he was secluded he became closer to nature, because it was the only life around him.’
    • ‘Staff gave several explanations for feeling anxiety while restraining or secluding a patient.’
    separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, seclude, divorce, shut away, alienate, distance, exclude, keep out
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘obstruct access to’): from Latin secludere, from se- apart + claudere to shut.