isolated

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

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 There is an isolated upland area south of the wetland complex that would be accessed by two wooden boardwalks. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new 82-lot subdivision has taken a step forward in Mequon," 15 Jan. 2020 His 1990 GMC Sierra truck was found abandoned and out of gas on Joliff Bridge Road, an isolated area more than 70 miles from his home. NBC News, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 Police say this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no danger to the community. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "Two people found dead in home in apparent murder-suicide in Bay Village, police say," 28 Dec. 2019 Despite weeks of hype from national media outlets and thousands flocking to Portland’s waterfront, the protests on Aug. 17 saw only isolated incidents of violence and relatively few arrests given the level of vitriol that preceded the day’s events. oregonlive, "2019 in review: A year in Oregon news," 27 Dec. 2019 None of this happened in an isolated part of India or in some tough, broken place. BostonGlobe.com, "None of this happened in an isolated part of India or in some tough, broken place. It happened on the busy outskirts of one of India’s most up-and-coming cities: Hyderabad.," 22 Dec. 2019 None of this happened in an isolated part of India or in some tough, broken place. New York Times, "In India Tech City Shocked by Gang Rape, Vigilante Justice Gets Praise," 21 Dec. 2019 The area was served by an electric co-op, created in the nineteen-thirties to take advantage of the Rural Electrification Act, New Deal legislation that brought electricity to the most isolated parts of the country. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "The One-Traffic-Light Town with Some of the Fastest Internet in the U.S.," 2 Dec. 2019 Unlike Shitthaung, which was embraced by locals and restored by the Burmese military, Kothaung disintegrated, largely forgotten, in an isolated part of the city. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, "The Hidden City of Myanmar," 21 Nov. 2019

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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 2020

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“Isolated.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isolated. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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isolated

adjective
How to pronounce isolated (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of isolated

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

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