Definitions for "recuse"
To refuse or reject, as a judge; to challenge that the judge shall not try the cause.
To withdraw oneself from serving as a judge or other decision-maker in order to avoid a real or apparent conflict of interest; -- often used with the reflexive; as, the judge recused himself due to a financial interest in the matter.
When you remove yourself or are removed from a criminal or civil proceeding because you have a conflict of interest. For example, a judge can recuse himself because someone in the case is a friend or business partner.
To temporarily remove an association member or board member or disallow his or her participation in a particular vote or proceeding.