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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 Places like New Orleans, Jackson, Birmingham and Nashville will experience heavy rain, strong winds and the slight possibility of an isolated tornado. Jennifer Gray, CNN, "Flood threat continues from the Deep South through the Ohio Valley," 12 Feb. 2020 The team was investigating what happens when certain isolated quantum systems, made of a potpourri of interacting particles, are frequently prodded by shining a laser on them. Stav Dimitropoulos, Popular Mechanics, "Could These Crystals Help Us Travel Through Time?," 11 Feb. 2020 Woolly mammoths went extinct more than 4,000 years ago, but a new study suggests that the last of the creatures died a horrible and isolated death. Fox News, "Woolly mammoths had a horrible and miserable end, study says," 11 Feb. 2020 Smith said people should expect less than an inch of rain Monday, but there will be steady rainfall with a chance of isolated thunderstorms. Tina Giuliano, azcentral, "Grab your umbrellas: Rain expected across Phoenix area Monday evening, Tuesday morning," 10 Feb. 2020 Turner, 35, of Eugene vanished on the day before Christmas while running along an isolated road in Camp Sherman in Jefferson County. oregonlive, "Oregon parole board rejects bid by Kaye Turner’s killer," 7 Feb. 2020 Perhaps the most comprehensive of these is Ulrich Schädler’s 1994 essay, translated into English in 2001, which suggests players moved pieces forward, backward and sideways in hopes of surrounding an isolated enemy piece with two of their own. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Ripe for Change In late 2018 the entire population of Nueva Unión, including 50 families, relocated from a more isolated site on a small tributary of the Chambira, several hours upstream. Daniel Grossman, Scientific American, "Peru’s Peatlands Could Greatly Accelerate Global Warming," 5 Feb. 2020 If Monday’s slow count were an isolated example, that would be one thing. Dan Balz,, "Uncertainty plagues first voting of 2020," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Isolated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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