Definition of seclude in English:



[with object]
  • Keep (someone) away from other people.

    ‘I secluded myself up here for a life of study and meditation’
    • ‘Increasingly it became difficult to seclude her from the peasants who lived in the surrounding area.’
    • ‘From childhood his father had taken such care to seclude him.’
    • ‘In contrast, a wall with high windows in India secludes the family from the stranger's gaze.’
    • ‘In fact, the rules put into place after that selection in 1271 included secluding the Cardinals from all outside communication.’
    • ‘The government has a legitimate, compelling interest in secluding these men and denying them access to the outside world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paradoxically, considering the elaborate strategies for secluding the house, privacy disappears at night.’
    • ‘Pulling the glass sliding door slowly, David called out, ‘Why are you secluding yourself?’’
    • ‘Immense trees covered the lot, secluding the two outdoor terraces and screening busy street traffic.’
    • ‘And yet, the vast majority of hospital staff continue to grab us, shoot us up, tie us down and seclude us.’
    • ‘Staff gave several explanations for feeling anxiety while restraining or secluding a patient.’
    • ‘When it came to training camp, he was methodical in his preparation often going away and secluding himself from the outside world.’
    • ‘When he was secluded he became closer to nature, because it was the only life around him.’
    • ‘The fence will seclude the path next to it and make it unsafe for the elderly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 a spell was laid on her to keep her from him, she fell into a fit of desolation, secluding herself and seeing no one.’
    separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, 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’.