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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The inability to communicate, or to reach isolated areas of Puerto Rico, was a particular problem. Arelis R. Hernandez,, "FEMA admits failures in Puerto Rico disaster response, after-action report reveals," 13 July 2018 The inability to communicate, or to reach isolated areas of Puerto Rico, was a particular problem. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, "FEMA admits failures in Puerto Rico disaster response, in after-action report," 12 July 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist Carlos Anselmi told the AP that 1 to 2 inches of rain was expected across Puerto Rico, with double that in isolated areas. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Beryl speeding rapidly toward eastern Caribbean," 8 July 2018 Prison officials earlier indicated that Manafort was being held in a special isolated area of the prison. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Paul Manafort being held in solitary confinement, lawyers say," 6 July 2018 The Thai rescue operation is probably more treacherous than others because of the sheer size of the cave, the oncoming monsoon season, and the isolated area. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Thailand cave rescue: Why can't they drill from above, other questions you want answered," 6 July 2018 Though the cloudy skies could bring quick downpours in isolated areas, rainfall totals are only expected to be in the 1- to 3-inch range - though some spots could see up to 6 inches. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Flash flood warnings in place as soggy 4th of July forecast set to rain on parades across SE Texas," 4 July 2018 More than 500 homes have been destroyed by the Kilauea eruption – but all of them are clustered in a relatively isolated area around the volcano. Gabby Raymond, Time, "Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism," 21 June 2018 The developers say the improved mapping technology likely will be used first in vehicles in isolated areas such as warehouses, or it might be used to help drivers of vehicles that aren't entirely autonomous. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, "Japan inches closer to ultra-precise 3-D maps for self-driving cars," 14 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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