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

But the lawyers were only allowed to speak to three of the children in quarantine via telephone as guards hovered nearby the children. Lauren Courcy Villagran, USA TODAY, "Some are in 'cages.' Others sleep on concrete. Sick, hungry migrant children aren't only just in notorious Texas facility," 26 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019 After three weeks in quarantine (to prevent a purely hypothetical moon-germ contagion), the three Apollo 11 astronauts got their ticker-tape parade and eternal glory. The Washington Post, al.com, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time," 19 June 2019 The tree was put in quarantine as a safety measure, like other foreign plants or animals brought into U.S. territory. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Friendship tree" planted by Presidents Trump and Macron has died," 10 June 2019 They are being kept in quarantine, per state law, are being fed on a regular schedule, and have been given toys and blankets. Andrew Stanton, BostonGlobe.com, "Seven parson terriers rescued from deplorable conditions in N.J., being cared for by MSPCA-Angell," 17 June 2019 The quarantine is considered a safety measure, like other foreign plants or animals brought into U.S. territory. CBS News, "France's Macron vows to send new oak to White House after "friendship tree" dies," 12 June 2019 The sapling didn’t survive its required quarantine, and never made it back to the White House lawn. Annalisa Merelli, Quartzy, "The oak sapling the French president gave to Trump is dead, like their friendship," 11 June 2019 The tree reportedly has died in quarantine, never to return to the White House lawn. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Tree planted by Trump and Macron to symbolize French-American friendship has died," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Until very recently, Pennsylvanian fireworks stores were free to sell all types of fireworks to anyone … except Pennsylvanians, who were quarantined to a very strict subset of explosives. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 Mukherjee said her team of attorneys tried to gain access to a section of the facility that was quarantined off due to a flu outbreak. Lauren Courcy Villagran, USA TODAY, "Some are in 'cages.' Others sleep on concrete. Sick, hungry migrant children aren't only just in notorious Texas facility," 26 June 2019 An emaciated bobcat suspected of attacking hikers was captured on a trail in Fairfax and quarantined at a wildlife hospital. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "Bobcat captured after attacks on Marin hikers," 18 June 2019 The dog's owner was advised to take the dog to the vet and to quarantine it for ten days. cleveland.com, "Fires galore at city apartments: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 12 June 2019 As of Monday, 27 people — 11 families total — were being quarantined in hotels. David Maung, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego migrant shelter still experiencing flu outbreak," 3 June 2019 In 2014, for example, the CDC quarantined an international flight in New Jersey after a passenger fell ill. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Emirates flight from Dubai to JFK: what we know about the sick passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 The country has quarantined itself from the rest of the world. New York Times, "After Disaster, Japan Seals Itself Off From the World in ‘The Emissary’," 17 Apr. 2018 The disease originated from a small dog-breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, and both the animals and the building in question are currently being quarantined while the pups undergo clinical testing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Multiple Cases of a Disease That Can Be Transmitted From Dogs to Humans Are Confirmed in Iowa," 13 May 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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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 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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