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quarantine

noun quar·an·tine \ ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn , ˈkwär- \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018
1 : a period of 40 days
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

Examples of quarantine in a Sentence

  1. The infected people were put into quarantine.

  2. The cows will be kept in quarantine for another week.

  3. The dog was put under quarantine.

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Origin and Etymology of quarantine

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

verb
quarantined; quarantining
1 : to detain in or exclude by quarantine
2 : to isolate from normal relations or communication
  • quarantine an aggressor
: to establish or declare a quarantine

Examples of quarantine in a Sentence

  1. The hospital quarantined the infected patients.

  2. The dog was immediately quarantined.

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First Known Use of quarantine

1801

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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QUARANTINE Defined for English Language Learners

quarantine

  • : 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

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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quarantine

noun quar·an·tine \ ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn \
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

History for quarantine

Centuries ago people in Europe did not have a good understanding of infectious diseases. But experience taught them that when ships arrived in port and brought strangers, illness would sometimes follow. In Venice, a port in Italy, the practice developed of holding a ship in the harbor for forty days if the passengers were suspected of carrying disease, especially plague. If no one developed signs of illness, the passengers were let ashore. The word for this period of forty days was in Italian quarantena, a derivative of quaranta, “forty,” and it is a source of the English word quarantine.

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quarantine

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

Medical Dictionary

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quarantine

noun quar·an·tine \ ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn, ˈkwär- \
1 a : 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
2 a : 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

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quarantine

verb
quarantined; quarantining
: to detain in or exclude by quarantine
: to establish or declare a quarantine


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