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 The subreddit moderators can appeal a quarantine, but must provide a plan to change community moderation and enforce rules. Tara Law, Time, "Reddit Places a 'Quarantine' on The_Donald, Its Largest Community of Trump Supporters," 28 June 2019 Los Angeles County public health officials issued quarantines of 24 to 48 hours until proof of immunity is established, according to a statement from UCLA. Christopher Weber, oregonlive, "U.S. measles outbreak results in quarantine at two Los Angeles universities," 25 Apr. 2019 South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for fast and stern quarantine measures to prevent the disease from wreaking havoc on the pork industry, the presidential Blue House said. Washington Post, "South Korea culls pigs after confirming African swine fever," 18 Sep. 2019 New control posts and disinfection sites will also be installed to assist with quarantine work. Sophie Jeong, CNN, "South Korea confirms first outbreak of African swine fever," 17 Sep. 2019 The federal quarantine area was created in 2013 in much of Boulder County to prevent the destructive pest’s spread, the news release said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "The emerald ash borer, a tree-destroying beetle, confirmed in Broomfield County," 20 Aug. 2019 The dog’s owner was issued a 10-day quarantine notice. cleveland.com, "Man says home intruders knocked him out, robbed him: University Heights police blotter," 17 July 2019 After Tablas brought the cuttings stateside, UC Davis put all of the imported plant material through its extensive quarantine process. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Tablas Creek just planted a grape you’ve never heard of. But it’s a milestone for California Rhone wines," 27 June 2019 The_Donald was controversial on Reddit long before Wednesday’s quarantine. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Project Veritas’ YouTube sting was deeply misleading — and successful," 27 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Police quarantined the area and called the Office of the State Fire Marshal for assistance. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Suspected grenade found in Westminster; authorities find it’s not active," 13 Sep. 2019 Migrants suspected of being ill were quarantined at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas. Molly Hennessy-fiske, latimes.com, "Why are migrants getting sick or dying on the border?," 8 July 2019 Any hopes that slavery might be quarantined and extinguished were suddenly shaken. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 One-third of the management board will leave the bank as part of the overhaul, and more than $300 billion in risky assets will be quarantined in a separate unit. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Deutsche Bank Scales Back Ambitions, Announcing Job Cuts and Reorganization," 7 July 2019 Chris couldn’t find proof of his vaccination, so he and Mobius were officially quarantined at home. Ariel Loop As Told To Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is What It’s Like When Your 4-Month-Old Catches Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 For now, the political damage is quarantined at a local level. The Economist, "A rebellion against house-building spells trouble for the Tories," 17 Aug. 2019 Additional acreage was quarantined in Kinney County. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Deadly fever ticks are infesting border cattle herds," 2 Aug. 2019 Barring an injury to Dereck Carr, Peterman will be safely quarantined on the bench. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Uh Oh, Jon Gruden Likes What He Sees in Nathan Peterman," 30 July 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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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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