iso·​lat·​ed ˈī-sə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce isolated (audio)
 also  ˈi-
: occurring alone or once : unique

Example Sentences

The town remains a very isolated community. The camp is located in an isolated area. The arrest was an isolated incident in his youth. a few isolated cases of vandalism
Recent Examples on the Web One of the initiatives included the Cudahy Luminary Walk, an event that was a direct response to COVID-19 lockdowns designed for people who were feeling isolated indoors. Journal Sentinel, 29 May 2023 There’s a slight chance for an isolated shower or storm to redevelop later today. Kxas-tv (nbc5), Dallas News, 24 May 2023 Its eastern region, semiarid and isolated, already has more than 400,000 refugees from Darfur living in 13 camps, which are now filling with new arrivals helped by the U.N. refugee agency. Elian Peltier Yagazie Emezi, New York Times, 16 May 2023 But on Friday, the riverbanks were mostly calm, as isolated clusters of migrants from different nations sat on the Mexican side gazing forlornly across to the United States. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 Twelve years after the protagonist has retreated to an isolated woodland cabin in Alaska, she’s summoned by Cruise back to Cincinnati, where her daughter, Zoe (Lucy Paez), lives a comfortable life with her parents. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2023 By the second half of the week, the excessive rainfall risk diminishes, though isolated showers and storms will remain in the forecast. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 9 May 2023 In fact, scattered across this archipelago are around 18 separate species of finch, each inhabiting its own island and entirely isolated from the others. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2023 Butterflies also reached India, an isolated island at the time, despite the fact that it was surrounded by open sea. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 17 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of isolated was in 1763

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“Isolated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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