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as in:  cloister ourselves away

She cloistered herself in the office.
  seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
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cloister cloisters cloistered cloistral
Cloister has many reasonably common, but highly diverse senses. Accordingly, it is generally recommended that you just learn the sense (or senses) that currently interest you.
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  • She cloistered herself in the office.
  • cloister myself away to think and write
  • How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried - doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • told the priest that though he himself had broader views, he could respect those whose creed required them to be cloistered and ignorant of this world.
    Gilbert K. Chesterton  --  The Innocence Of Father Brown

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  • Although I was also a strange bird, I didn’t see any reason to grow up and cloister myself in some farm shack, freeze in the winter, sweat in the summer, fight flies, and eat cold collards for the sake of art or anything else.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  My Mother, Literature, and a Life Split Neatly into Two Halves
  • Martha was a cloistered nun in a convent outside Portland, Maine.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • We’re not cloistered.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
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Associated words [difficulty]:   cloister [6]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Classic Literature, Architecture
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