verb (used with object), se·clud·ed, se·clud·ing.
- to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
- to isolate; shut off; keep apart: They secluded the garden from the rest of the property.
- to remove from contact with others
- to shut off or screen from view
v.mid-15c., “to shut up, enclose, confine,” from Latin secludere “shut off, confine,” from se- “apart” (see secret) + -cludere, variant of claudere “to shut” (see close (v.)). Meaning “to remove or guard from public view” is recorded from 1620s. Related: Secluded; secluding.