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 The covid-19 pandemic only made the country's ongoing addiction crisis worse, as some socially isolated people turned to illicit drugs, the Republican governor said. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, 18 Feb. 2023 In the film, tech genius husband (Morley) is away on a work trip, while Julie (Taylor) – still mourning the loss of her sister – is trapped in their new, isolated home and must fight her own fears to stay alive. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 18 Feb. 2023 In the vegetable garden of Ahmed De Myuri’s (Photo: Socotra_6) quaint and isolated family home, more than just tomatoes and chili peppers grow out of the dozens of seedling vases. Vogue, 17 Feb. 2023 North Korea has long accused the U.S. and South Korea of using joint military drills as a pretext for rehearsing an invasion of the isolated communist country. Fox News, 17 Feb. 2023 Damaging straight-line winds, tornadoes, large hail and isolated flash flooding are all possible. Leada Gore |, al, 16 Feb. 2023 Teens who are bullied may feel isolated or unsafe, both physically and emotionally, as well as helpless and hopeless. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 16 Feb. 2023 The encounter rattles Joanna, and thrusts her mind back to a decade earlier at Silver Creek — the isolated Aussie bushland campus of an exclusive girls' boarding school. Alicia Vrajlal,, 15 Feb. 2023 For centuries before Captain Cook landed on the shores of Kauai in 1778, native Hawaiians lived in the most isolated archipelago on Earth, not just subsisting but thriving off the bounty of the ocean and the land. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 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 27 Mar. 2023.

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