isolated

adjective
iso·​lat·​ed | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlā-təd 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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The researchers suspect that Bedin-1 is the most isolated galaxy ever discovered. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Nearby Galaxy Discovered by Accident Lurking Behind a Cluster of Stars," 1 Feb. 2019 Despite being well-liked, attractive, and well-educated, Bundy's unstable childhood led to his isolated tendencies and petty theft. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 Some highlights: His client honed his running technique with members of the Tarahumara tribe, known for their barefoot long-distance runs along the isolated trails of Copper Canyon, Mexico. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018 Lots of companies have internal Listservs, but the system has become particularly central for Google, as employees push to build a sense of community across far-flung offices and often isolated product cells. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 Even though human social networks often fall apart in cities, with people feeling lonely and isolated, the resistant pests stay connected. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 There is some hope from fans of the Saudis that this will be an isolated black mark, and that the oil nation will retain their relationships in Silicon Valley. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 The isolated mansion where a bunch of high schoolers decide to party regardless of a killer on the lose? Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like Inside The 'Scream' House," 8 Oct. 2018 The Mexico City government reported isolated problems such as polls opening late, 17 stations that ran out of ballots and the robbery of 583 ballots that were headed to a station in the borough of Iztapalapa. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Left-wing candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador set to win Mexico presidential election as rivals concede," 2 Oct. 2018

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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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More Definitions for isolated

isolated

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of isolated

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

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