One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1To shut up or confine (a thing or person); to close off, to obstruct access to.
2To cut (a person) off from the world, society, etc.; to seclude from. Now rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin reclūdere to open, to open up, throw open, (later also) to shut or store away, to shut off (2nd cent. a.d.), in post-classical Latin also (in passive, recludi) to withdraw from the world as a recluse from re- + claudere to close.
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