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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To set or keep apart, as from social contact with others. synonym: isolate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb keep away from others

Etymologies

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

[Middle English secluden, to shut off, from Latin sēclūdere : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + claudere, to shut.]

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