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

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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Its imposing posture is intimidating in a way that’s more alluring than alarming, as there’s a sense of prestige attached to this isolated and exclusive place. Cian Maheer, Washington Post, "From Ancestor Glade to Hyrule Castle, these are the eight wonders of the virtual world," 4 June 2019 In an isolated place, driven by measured manners rather than action, where even an accomplished heroine like Emma has never seen the sea, language is what makes everything happen. Constance Grady, Vox, "Victorian literature was full of lady detectives," 15 Dec. 2018 Known as the most isolated landmass in the world, the Hawaiian Islands possess a history of species arriving here without their predators and eventually losing their immunities. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Dade has always been Georgia's most isolated corner. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Part of the U.S. Was a Micronation for 85 Years," 2 July 2018 News apparently travels slowly in North Korea, one of the world’s most isolated nations. Victoria Kim,, "North Korea's state-run news agency belatedly announces Kim's arrival on Chinese jet for talks with Trump," 11 June 2018 Moreover, the leader of one of the world's most isolated and repressive nations is suddenly in demand on the international circuit. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says there's no need for extensive preparation before the summit with Kim Jong Un," 10 June 2018 Even where the mountains wind down and arable land is more readily available, the region can still feel like an isolated place. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Whose Appalachia Is It, Anyway?," 8 May 2018 In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. Fox News, "'The Other Woman' by Daniel Silva," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of isolated

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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