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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After a yearlong quarantine, the staff at broadcaster UBA are back in the studio, though not quite to normal.—Alison Herman, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 Interest in Catan surged during the pandemic, with sales skyrocketing as people played the game in quarantine.—Mark Kennedy, Fortune, 11 Sep. 2023 Throughout California, a number of quarantines are taking place, and insects are preying on some of the state’s most valuable produce.—Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2023 The pandemic quarantine meant more hours online for just about everyone, including both Naomis.—Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 The Black Beauty Club was first dreamed up on Clubhouse, the voice-only social media space that took off during the first months of quarantine.—Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2023 Lola, 19, is an aspiring singer who will enter her sophomore year at NYU this fall, while her younger brother Joaquin, 17, used the quarantine to study up for college admissions tests.—Kate Coyne, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 As a result, the only way bison are able to safely leave Yellowstone is by completing an up to three-year quarantine that culminates at a testing facility in Fort Peck.—Adam Yamaguchi, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2023 Health officials are urging people to continue to take care to prevent spreading the virus to others, including periods of quarantine.—Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 21 Aug. 2023
Asteroid City — Peacock Wes Anderson’s latest follows a group of parents and their talented kids quarantined in a 1950s desert town that’s interrupted by an extraterrestrial.—James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sep. 2023 The pair even appeared to be spending the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic quarantining together.—Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 Syria is simply too pivotal, geographically, economically, and politically, to be isolated and quarantined like an Arab North Korea.—Sam Heller, Foreign Affairs, 14 Aug. 2023 The couple quarantined together during the COVID-19 pandemic — along with Deschanel’s kids, Elsie Otter, now 8, and Charlie Wolf, now 6 (with ex-husband, Jacob Pechenik).—Gina Vivinetto, NBC News, 14 Aug. 2023 But the event is thrown into chaos when a bug-eyed alien briefly lands in a nearby meteor crater, leaving travelers quarantined as government officials scramble for answers.—Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 22 June 2023 Recent moves by North Korea, which closed its borders in early 2020 in response to the pandemic, have signaled that the country is reopening, but Pyongyang will still require even returning citizens to quarantine on arrival.—Irene Nasser, CNN, 27 Aug. 2023 In March 2023, Taiwan lifted its final pandemic restriction, allowing international travelers to visit without having to quarantine.—Amit Katwala, WIRED, 22 Aug. 2023 The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital where it was quarantined and subsequently died.—Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 17 Aug. 2023 See More
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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
from Italian quarantena "quarantine, period of forty days," probably from early French quarantaine "period of forty days," from earlier quarante "forty," from Latin quadraginta "forty," from quadra- "four"
As bad as contagious diseases are today, they were much more frightening in the Middle Ages. No effective treatment or cure was known then. When it was found out that ships could carry diseases from port to port, authorities acted to protect their citizens. Any ship suspected of carrying a disease was forced to remain offshore for a time. Usually about forty days had to pass before it was allowed to dock. Then if no signs of disease were found on the ship, it was allowed to unload its passengers and cargo. The Italians called this restriction period quarantena. They based the word on a French word quarantaine, meaning "a period of forty days." This French word was derived from the Latin quadraginta, meaning "forty." It was the Italian word that was taken into English as quarantine in the 17th century.