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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To set or keep apart, as from social contact with others. See Synonyms at isolate.
  • transitive v. To screen from view; make private.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shut off or keep apart, as from company, society, etc.; withdraw from society or into solitude: as, to seclude oneself from the world.
  • v. To shut or keep out; exclude; preclude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shut up apart from others; to withdraw into, or place in, solitude; to separate from society or intercourse with others.
  • transitive v. To shut or keep out; to exclude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shut off or keep apart, as from company, society, etc.; withdraw from society or into solitude: as, to seclude one's self from the world.
  • To shut or keep out; exclude; preclude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. keep away from others

Etymologies

Middle English secluden, to shut off, from Latin sēclūdere : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + claudere, to shut.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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