quarantine

noun
quar·​an·​tine | \ ˈkwȯr-ən-ˌtēn How to pronounce quarantine (audio) , 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 As those who have been stricken with the virus emerge from hospitals or home quarantine, they are being forced to navigate a world that clearly is not yet ready to welcome them back into a still-sheltering society. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "They Beat the Virus. Now They Feel Like Outcasts.," 20 May 2020 Bolsonaro, who has clashed with government ministers over the need for quarantines, greeted protesters and posed for pictures with children plucked from the crowd at the presidential palace on Sunday in a clear breach of social distancing rules. NBC News, "Dutch health officials release new COVID-19 sex guidelines," 19 May 2020 As far as what the influencer is doing to past time during quarantine, one word, Netflix. Nandi Howard, Essence, "How Rickey Thompson Is Staying Sane During Quarantine," 19 May 2020 What started out as an attempt to get organized has become an invaluable tool in quarantine, as indispensable as my cast iron skillet or Microplane. Christina Chaey, Bon Appétit, "My Pantry Spreadsheet Is Bringing Me So Much Joy Right Now," 16 May 2020 A few weeks into quarantine, Myra Garza, a preschool teacher at Holy Spirit Catholic School was missing her class and wanted to find a way to connect with them that wasn’t through a computer. Fox News, "Texas preschool teacher surprises students with a backyard class," 16 May 2020 The couple has already discussed their life in quarantine, their previous breakup, and Baldwins's feelings about being compared to other women. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Justin Bieber Would Save Himself For Marriage If He Could 'Go Back'," 16 May 2020 Now, after a two-week quarantine, Ned’s family was burying him. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 Here in quarantine, in our little row-house, our precarious world is also opening. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others are quarantining returns for as long as 72 hours before putting merchandise back on shelves. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "How the pandemic is changing shopping," 21 May 2020 But all of the precautions couldn't protect the residents of Villa B. After a staffer went home ill in mid-March, the Villa B residents were quarantined to their rooms. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "In Green Valley, 7 of 10 seniors in 1 home die during COVID-19 pandemic," 20 May 2020 Some cyclone shelters in West Bengal were used for quarantining COVID-19 patients and migrant workers traveling after India's lockdown was eased, officials said. NBC News, "Cyclone Amphan heads toward India and Bangladesh, sending millions to shelters," 20 May 2020 Almost 4,000 of the crew were pulled off the ship and quarantined in the naval base or in individual hotel rooms on Guam. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Despite setbacks, Theodore Roosevelt returns to sea after coronavirus outbreak saga," 20 May 2020 In mid-March, Mancari flew to Salt Lake City, where there is an Olympic Training Center, and quarantined on her own. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage snowboarder Rosie Mancari embraces her new normal, which looks more and more like her old normal," 20 May 2020 The most serious cases span everything from improperly sterilizing a glucometer, which pricks a finger to measure blood sugar, to failing to properly quarantine contagious patients. Bloomberg.com, "Nursing Homes Face Catastrophic Mix of Virus and Lax Oversight," 19 May 2020 Several officers had to cover extra shifts so peers who were potentially exposed to the virus could quarantine, Keheley said. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Dallas County will send $72 million to cities after clashing with the state over federal coronavirus relief aid," 19 May 2020 Public games are $9 per registration, which can include all the people quarantined together. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The decision for many businesses during the coronavirus pandemic is to pivot or perish," 18 May 2020

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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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The first known use of quarantine was in 1617

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quarantine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarantine. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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quarantine

noun
How to pronounce quarantine (audio)

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 How to pronounce quarantine (audio) \

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- How to pronounce quarantine (audio) \

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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