iso·​lat·​ed | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce isolated (audio) also ˈi- \

Definition of isolated

1 : occurring alone or once : unique
2 : sporadic

Examples of isolated in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web Xi, who faces an energy crisis and a slowing economy, is maneuvering for a controversial third term amid criticism that Beijing, under his watch, has become more isolated internationally. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 Forecasters said those storms could bring large hail, strong winds and isolated tornadoes. NBC News, 25 Oct. 2021 Large hail, damaging winds, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes will be possible. Janice Dean, Fox News, 16 Sep. 2021 However forecasters said the threat for isolated tornadoes has decreased for the rest of today: A flash flood watch has been canceled for all of central Alabama. Leigh Morgan, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Many residents have remained isolated for nearly a year, unable to spend Christmas holidays with their families. Elian Peltier New York Times, Star Tribune, 12 Feb. 2021 The clients, who have to stay isolated for up to two weeks, are not sent back to the street. Doug Smith Senior Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2021 The country’s biggest cities after the capital—Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif—have become isolated and vulnerable, with the Taliban reaching their outskirts. Alan Cullison, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2021 Some of these may come with isolated rain showers through Saturday morning. oregonlive, 30 July 2021

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First Known Use of isolated

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of isolated was in 1763

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27 Nov 2021

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“Isolated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of isolated

: separate from others
: happening just once
: happening in different places and at different times

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