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

Definition of isolated

1 : occurring alone or once : unique

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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 The researchers extracted and isolated groups of their sucker cells, without hurting the animals, to see the behavior of proteins the cells produced. Ryan Prior, CNN, "How octopuses taste their meals by touching them, according to a new study," 29 Oct. 2020 Living in isolated groups is one the biggest threats to giant pandas, which number around 1,800 animals throughout the southwestern provinces of Gansu, Shaanxi, and Sichuan. National Geographic, "China forges ahead with ambitious national park plan," 27 Aug. 2020 At the same time, smaller, isolated groups of students face a much lower risk. James Glanz, New York Times, "The Risk That Students Could Arrive at School With the Coronavirus," 31 July 2020 From mountaintop forests to coral reefs, the Hawaiian Islands, like most isolated island groups, are an evolutionary playground for plants and animals. Josh Silberg, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hawai‘i’s Last Dunes Are Home to Species Found Nowhere Else on the Planet," 26 Feb. 2020 Podcasts were friends to us when we were cut off from our communities, isolated and lonely. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Best Podcasts of 2020 That Got Us Through a Difficult Year," 28 Dec. 2020 This period marks the beginning of the iconic Rock of pop culture lore and Hollywood fame—a dangerous destination for difficult men, and an isolated place that captured imaginations around the globe. Jordan Kushins, National Geographic, "Alcatraz’s gardens are flourishing, against all odds," 5 Nov. 2020 The term traces back to the amount of time ships that sailed into Venice needed to remain isolated during the great plague. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "How one S.F. family powers through a COVID-19 scare," 1 Dec. 2020 Visitors to the event will remain isolated in their slowly rolling cars. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Turn your house into a Mardi Gras float! That, plus other parade alternatives for 2021," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Isolated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 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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