iso·​lat·​ed | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce isolated (audio) also ˈi- \

Definition of isolated

1 : occurring alone or once : unique
2 : sporadic

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Examples of isolated in a Sentence

The town remains a very isolated community. The camp is located in an isolated area. The arrest was an isolated incident in his youth. a few isolated cases of vandalism
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Recent Examples on the Web During a time when many of us are not physically in the office, practicing empathy with in-person and remote employees – who may feel isolated and overwhelmed – is especially important. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "How do I ask for an informational interview without sounding awkward? Ask HR," 5 Jan. 2021 Otero is one of a countless number of elderly, mostly poor and hidden away indoors, who feel even more isolated than usual on the night before Christmas. Emilio Morenatti, ajc, "Virus magnifies the solitude for the elderly at Christmas," 25 Dec. 2020 Even those choosing to work from home can feel isolated or anxious about their roles, and fatigued by hours of video conferencing. Aliza Knox, Quartz at Work, "The future of leadership will be managing hybrid teams," 22 Dec. 2020 Despite her young age, Oneiry recognized the need to help older adults, especially those who feel isolated in the midst of the pandemic. Darcie Ortique,, "Hartford high schooler helps seniors combat pandemic isolation with capstone project," 8 Dec. 2020 These phrases and frames make people feel less isolated, Arif said., "Americans decided their own truth this election season," 2 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has been very difficult for all of us, especially teachers, students and their parents, our elderly, new mothers who may feel isolated, all first responders and our health care workers. Chris Folks,, "Proceeds from T-shirt sales support civic association | West Laurel," 19 Nov. 2020 Connecting about our experiences and anxieties can help us persevere and to feel less isolated. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Voted already? Here are 50 ways to get through the rest of the day," 3 Nov. 2020 Parks sings about Mary, who is joyless, isolated and deeply depressed. Star Tribune, "New music review: Arlo Parks makes rainbows out of something painful," 4 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of isolated

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of isolated was in 1763

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24 Feb 2021

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“Isolated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of isolated

: separate from others
: happening just once
: happening in different places and at different times

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