quarantine

noun
quar·an·tine | \ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn, ˈkwär-\

Definition of quarantine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a period of 40 days

2a : a term during which a ship arriving in port and suspected of carrying contagious disease is held in isolation from the shore

b : a regulation placing a ship in quarantine

c : a place where a ship is detained during quarantine

3a : a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests

b : a place in which those under quarantine are kept

4 : a state of enforced isolation

quarantine

verb
quarantined; quarantining

Definition of quarantine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to detain in or exclude by quarantine

2 : to isolate from normal relations or communication quarantine an aggressor

intransitive verb

: to establish or declare a quarantine

Examples of quarantine in a Sentence

Noun

The infected people were put into quarantine. The cows will be kept in quarantine for another week. The dog was put under quarantine.

Verb

The hospital quarantined the infected patients. The dog was immediately quarantined.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And Beijing’s tactics may go beyond tariffs to include arbitrary quarantines and a costly uptick in customs inspections. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump has wanted to take on China for years. His trade war begins today," 6 July 2018 As for the wolf hybrid, the quarantine and DNA tests are ongoing. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "'Wolf hybrid' taken by Wisconsin cops after a kid was bitten. Some defend the dog | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Eight of the boys are still under quarantine as doctors examine them for infection. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Harrowing Tale Of The Boys In The Cave Is Already Going To Be A Movie," 11 July 2018 After the ceremony, the tree was dug up and put into quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory, and will be returned to the spot. Washington Post, "World War I battle of Bellau Wood was a turning point for US," 26 May 2018 After the ceremony, the tree was dug up and put into quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory, and will be returned to the spot. Raf Casert, Fox News, "World War I battle of Bellau Wood was a turning point for US," 26 May 2018 The methods used to treat Ebola patients include quarantine and early care using oral or intravenous fluids for rehydration, according to the WHO. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 The post also mentions the military, a quarantine, vaccinations, sickness and blindness. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Universal: Dead Exposure set to return to Halloween Horror Nights," 26 Apr. 2018 After Naku and Cassius died, the remaining gorillas were placed in quarantine. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The kittens were quarantined at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Kendalia. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Atascosa bobcat kittens die from virus," 31 May 2018 At the last minute, another 50 immigrants were quarantined because of a chicken pox outbreak at a detention center. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "New 'zero tolerance' immigration crackdown fills border courts," 18 May 2018 Zeus is currently quarantined, Lewis said, and animal control officers will make a decision on its status after 10 days. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Police catch Zeus the pit bull after it bit its owner in Hyannis," 10 Apr. 2018 Lost in the uproar was the fact that no women are allowed inside Porcellian, and nonmember men, other than presidents like Eisenhower, are quarantined to the ground floor bicycle storage room. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 These women were forcibly examined, usually by male physicians, and then those with STIs would be quarantined without due process in detention facilities, which were often brutal. Scott Stern, Teen Vogue, "How Capitalism Helped to Fuel the Mass Incarceration of Women," 25 June 2018 During much of his time at the shelter, Souza's son was alone in a room, quarantined with chickenpox. CBS News, "Brazilian mom, son separated at U.S.-Mexican border reunited after she sues," 29 June 2018 In the 1930s, the Nazis falsely claimed Jews carried diseases and had to be quarantined for the good of Germany. Renée Graham, BostonGlobe.com, "The nation’s historical amnesia," 21 June 2018 The unsellable marijuana products will be quarantined for 72 hours, mixed with shredded paper and water and sent to a landfill. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Marijuana on clearance as dispensaries sell off inventory before new rules take effect," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of quarantine

Noun

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1801, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for quarantine

Noun

partly modification of French quarantaine, from Old French, from quarante forty, from Latin quadraginta, from quadra- (akin to quattuor four) + -ginta (akin to viginti twenty); partly modification of Italian quarantena quarantine of a ship, from quaranta forty, from Latin quadraginta — more at four, vigesimal

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quarantine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quarantine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the period of time during which a person or animal that has a disease or that might have a disease is kept away from others to prevent the disease from spreading

: the situation of being kept away from others to prevent a disease from spreading

quarantine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quarantine (Entry 2 of 2)

: to keep (a person or animal) away from others to prevent a disease from spreading : to put or keep (a person or animal) in quarantine

quarantine

noun
quar·an·tine | \ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn \

Kids Definition of quarantine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : isolation of people, animals, or things (as plants) out of a certain area to prevent the spread of disease or pests

2 : a period during which a person or animal with a contagious disease is isolated

3 : a place (as a hospital) where a person or animal with a contagious disease is isolated

quarantine

verb
quarantined; quarantining

Kids Definition of quarantine (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put or hold in isolation to prevent the spread of disease or pests The infected patient was quarantined.

quarantine

noun
quar·an·tine | \ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn, ˈkwär- \

Medical Definition of quarantine 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a term during which a ship arriving in port and suspected of carrying contagious disease is held in isolation from the shore

b : a regulation placing a ship in quarantine

c : a place where a ship is detained during quarantine

2a : a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods that is designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests

b : a place in which those under quarantine are kept

quarantine

verb
quarantined; quarantining

Medical Definition of quarantine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to detain in or exclude by quarantine

intransitive verb

: to establish or declare a quarantine

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