seclude

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From Latin secludo

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seclude (third-person singular simple present secludes, present participle secluding, simple past and past participle secluded)

  1. (transitive) To shut off or keep apart, as from company, society, etc.; withdraw from society or into solitude
    • 1922, Lafcadio Hearn, Creole Sketches/Old-Fashioned Houses
      If he wishes to enjoy an hour in his private study, it is not pleasant to be obliged all the time to listen to noises in the next room, even if made by his own servants or his own children. For members of a family themselves require at times to seclude themselves from other members of the family; — there are business matters to be talked of; there are projects which children or servants should not hear; there are numberless things which the heads of a household wish to discuss by themselves.
  2. (transitive) To shut or keep out; exclude; preclude.

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  • seclude in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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