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

William survived the voyage only to die in quarantine. Marc M. Arkin, WSJ, "‘Elizabeth Seton’ Review: The Widow Who Mothered the American Church," 26 Oct. 2018 One of Winkler and Halla’s most dramatic competitions was in the 1956 Olympics, during which equestrian events were held in Stockholm, although the rest of the Games were in Melbourne, because of Australian quarantine rules for horses. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Hans Günter Winkler, Olympic Champion Equestrian, Dies at 91," 11 July 2018 In March, the state declared an emergency quarantine in the hopes of preventing the insect's spread to sorghum, sugar cane and other crops that share characteristics with roseau. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Fight against Louisiana's wetland plague getting $1 million boost," 16 May 2018 Mandatory quarantines were set in place to maintain safety and keep the infection from spreading. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Educator: It’s time teachers took a tough stand on gun control. They should walk out.," 16 Feb. 2018 There is clearly no quarantine > — JenAlmostZenHeathen (This is not normal) (@liberal_parnell) May 23, 2018 > on vaccines? Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "TLC's "Our Wild Life" Draws Mixed Reactions From Viewers," 25 May 2018 Luke and Zuri will move there on Thursday, while Hassan will enter quarantine on Friday. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "As Maryland Zoo continues its $20 million renovation, some animals will be out of view," 7 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This is apparently what happened on an Emirates airline flight from Dubai to New York’s JFK Airport, which had to be quarantined upon arrival for part of Wednesday morning. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Emirates flight from Dubai to JFK: what we know about the sick passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 The plane was quarantined as authorities evaluated the situation. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Emirates plane carrying sick passengers lands at JFK airport, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 As part of the planning for the project, Mercy staff interviewed 45 formerly homeless families, and one of the things the team heard was that homeless families don’t want to feel quarantined away from the neighborhood. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Paul Allen-funded $46 million family center will house 94 families," 17 Sep. 2018 Here’s a video from Sykes: Planes do sometimes get quarantined out of an abundance of caution because of medical scares. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Emirates flight from Dubai to JFK: what we know about the sick passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 An Emirates plane originating in Dubai was temporarily quarantined at New York's JFK International Airport on Wednesday morning, after multiple passengers fell ill. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Emirates Plane Quarantined at New York-JFK Due to Reports of Sick Passengers," 5 Sep. 2018 At the top right of the application window there is also a settings option, as well as a reports section for seeing what’s been quarantined, viewing system monitor events, and security event history. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "K7 Ultimate Security review: Simple yet sophisticated," 28 Aug. 2018 The boys and coach have been hospitalized and quarantined for fears of infection. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier cave diving experts: 'Never heard of anything' like Thailand rescue," 12 July 2018 He was quarantined for two days, took four IV drips and suffered a migraine for a week. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Mom and fellow makeup artist calls out Kat Von D for anti-vaccine stance with heartwrenching story," 12 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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