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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even once quarantine and isolation requirements are lifted, sick people will still need to stay home to recover, and parents will have to care for sick children. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, 23 May 2022 Belgium became the first country to impose a quarantine on its residents because of monkeypox, requiring those infected to isolate for 21 days. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The idea of a travel vaccine certificate has become a particularly sticky point for Poonawalla and the Indian government after the UK initially refused entry without quarantine for people who had received two doses of Covishield. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 May 2022 The biggest changes are fueled by broader industry shifts that were under way prior to the pandemic but were accelerated by nearly two years of quarantine and lockdown conditions. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 20 May 2022 In February, the district cut the quarantine and isolation period for students and staff members from 10 to five days. Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 People with prior infections will still be required to undergo quarantine for six weeks before proceeding with the other testing procedures. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Two years ago, Oliver was one of the 62.7 million viewers who made the Hulu/BBC adaptation of Rooney's second novel, Normal People, an early-quarantine sensation. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 May 2022 Maintain the availability of testing sites and home tests so that individuals know when to self-quarantine. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And even those who can enter have to quarantine for two weeks, with the exception of those arriving from certain Chinese cities. Karla Cripps, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 At one point, Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were exposed and had to quarantine for two weeks. Arlyssa Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Under regulations at the time, children under 5 who are exposed had to quarantine for 10 days. oregonlive, 3 Feb. 2022 Last year both Jones and her mother got sick and had to quarantine for about 27 days. al, 2 Feb. 2022 That’s because many districts are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is more lenient on who needs to quarantine in K-12 schools than in other settings. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2021 Schools will work with health services to contact trace and determine who needs to quarantine in the case of a positive COVID-19 case. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 4 Aug. 2021 An expert group is reviewing the positive cases and deciding based on the information who needs to quarantine and for how long. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 Those who are up to date on vaccinations and are exposed do not need to quarantine but are urged to get tested after five days. Angel Adegbesan, Bloomberg.com, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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28 May 2022

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“Quarantine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarantine. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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