iso·​lat·​ed | \ˈī-sə-ˌlā-təd also ˈi- \

Definition of isolated 

1 : occurring alone or once : unique

2 : sporadic

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Synonyms & Antonyms for isolated


infrequent, occasional, odd, rare, 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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In the wake of this activity, moist, tropical air is to remain in place, bringing a lingering chance of isolated storms through Sunday night. Tom Skilling,, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 Funded by the National Science Foundation, the $274 million Ice Cube Observatory at the U.S. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is the largest astronomy project ever undertaken on the isolated southernmost continent. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Scientists Track Neutrinos Through Ice to Their Source in the Cosmos," 12 July 2018 City officials sought the isolated vacants that threatened neighbors. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Problems could include depression, anxiety, anger, and an inability to adjust to normal sleep patterns, said Jacob Hyde, an assistant professor of military psychology at the University of Denver who studies reactions to isolated environments. Washington Post,, "Four boys removed from Thailand cave as divers race to beat the rains," 9 July 2018 The women were found at Vassar Square Condominiums at 4800 Boardwalk in what is believed to be an isolated episode, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said. Andrew Seidman,, "Death of two women found in Ventnor boardwalk condo called 'suspicious'," 8 July 2018 Chances for isolated storm activity increase Saturday evening, but temperatures will remain in the 100s. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Monsoon storm hits Flagstaff as Valley waits for rain, relief from blazing heat," 7 July 2018 Those dogs then spent thousands of isolated evolution on the continent. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Europeans arrived — and America's native dogs disappeared. They left something behind," 6 July 2018 Some signs of someone who is thinking of suicide include: a significant loss of interest in activities no talk of looking forward to an event in the future isolated behavior increased risky behavior such as drug and alcohol use. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stigma of suicide: Mom of teen found by former Wauwatosa alderman speaks out," 27 June 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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