- An example of occlude is hiding a gift for someone behind your back.
- An example of occlude is shutting a window to keep a bee outside.
- to close, shut, or block (a passage)
- to prevent the passage of; shut in or out
- to conceal, hide, or obscure
- Chem. to retain or absorb (a gas, liquid, or solid)
Origin of occludeClassical Latin occludere ; from ob- (see ob-) + claudere, to close
verboc·clud·ed, oc·clud·ing, oc·cludes
- To cause to become closed; obstruct: occlude an artery.
- To prevent the passage of: occlude light; occlude the flow of blood.
- Chemistry To absorb or adsorb and retain (a substance).
- To force (air) upward from the earth's surface, as when a cold front overtakes and undercuts a warm front.
- To bring together (the upper and lower teeth) in proper alignment for chewing.
Origin of occludeLatin occl&umacron;dere : ob-, intensive pref.; see ob– + claudere, to close.