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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Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident for the reality star. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Had a Major Photoshop Fail That Gave Her 14 Fingers," 9 Apr. 2019 The city is relatively isolated, surrounded by farmland and roughly an hour’s drive along state highways from Des Moines. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Huge ghost town next door clouds Iowa city’s future," 30 Mar. 2019 The prospect of losing your friendship (or other consequences) may only make your friend feel more isolated, trapped, misunderstood, and powerless. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "5 Helpful Things to Say to a Friend Who Self-Harms (and 3 to Avoid)," 1 Mar. 2019 Any one of these examples of state-level battles over electoral rules could, on its own, sound like an isolated incident. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 The report mentioned several facilities, some very small and manned by less than two dozen people, in isolated areas near U.S. coastlines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian State TV Lists U.S. Targets for Putin’s New Nukes--But One Target Doesn't Make Sense," 26 Feb. 2019 With a 13-second handshake and a pat on Kim’s arm, the two leaders set the stage for an unprecedented encounter between the sitting U.S. president and the ruler of the world’s most isolated regime. Laignee Barron, Time, "Body Language Experts Reveal What Trump and Kim's Behavior Says About the Singapore Summit," 12 June 2018 The findings on North Korea come as the Trump administration is working to engage the isolated regime. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Kim's Gulags: North Korea holding up to 120,000 political prisoners, State Department report says," 29 May 2018 Malaysia has since drastically reduced imports from the isolated regime., "Surviving the Game of Thrones That Is Malaysian Politics," 27 Apr. 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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