Definition of isolated in English:



  • 1Far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote.

    ‘isolated farms and villages’
    • ‘Denmark's orderly agricultural landscape is richly studded with traditional buildings including country estates, villages and isolated farms.’
    • ‘He is, as best anyone can tell, in Afghanistan, which means that he's operating in one of the most remote and isolated places on earth.’
    • ‘The model for the great boarding schools was one with a remote, isolated site and harsh regime.’
    • ‘It touches most Indonesian social cultures, especially in isolated and remote communities.’
    • ‘Smaller villages, depressed coalfield areas and more remote or isolated settlements are more likely to experience pub closures.’
    • ‘Outreach youth workers do try to target more isolated villages, but it is difficult.’
    • ‘Of the 187 whites killed, the majority were convicts working as shepherds and stockmen on isolated properties in remote locations.’
    • ‘"We are achieving good prices for houses located in rural, fairly isolated areas, " said Byrne.’
    • ‘JFK is forced to handle political dealings, serial killing gangs and defend the isolated building from a nuclear strike.’
    • ‘Urban design tends to concern itself with the collective, architecture with isolated buildings.’
    • ‘In remote and isolated regions of the Pacific Rim, for instance, these problems are considerably magnified.’
    • ‘The north part of Belgium consists of isolated farms between villages, while the south tends to contain larger groups of farms.’
    • ‘But what if he drove her to some remote, isolated place and left her there?’
    • ‘He laughed upon hearing that there was now a McDonald's on the isolated and remote Aleutian outpost.’
    • ‘The views from the house are fantastic, though if you look back at old family photographs you see that it once was quite an isolated building.’
    • ‘Villages around Swindon are being encouraged to take part in a scheme to bring touring arts to more isolated areas.’
    • ‘Avoid creating relatively isolated areas within book stacks.’
    • ‘Nowadays, colleges are no longer isolated or remote ivory towers.’
    • ‘After the completion of the Telegraph Station it remained an isolated group of buildings in the middle of nowhere.’
    • ‘Sara adds that the most culturally and geographically isolated communities in South Africa are Asian.’
    remote, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track, secluded, in the depths of …, hard to find, lonely, in the back of beyond, in the hinterlands, off the map, in the middle of nowhere, godforsaken, obscure, inaccessible, cut-off, unreachable
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    1. 1.1 Having minimal contact or little in common with others.
      ‘he lived a very isolated existence’
      • ‘The party had not been contacted by the isolated military government.’
      • ‘For a while Marx lived an isolated existence, unconnected with any organized political group.’
      • ‘Hers is an isolated existence; she has only one other friend.’
      • ‘We're just prepared for most anything but we're sort of isolated so we don't have much personal contact with the bad guys.’
      • ‘His lawyers are allowed to see him, but the guards who see him all the time have minimal interaction with him, so he's very isolated.’
      • ‘During his court-martial, Jenkins described an austere existence in the isolated Stalinist state.’
      • ‘Post-Armageddon movies have one thing in common, an isolated group of survivors, living communally and starting over.’
      • ‘The latter state of mind seemed totally understandable given his isolated existence.’
      • ‘Such a person may find himself socially isolated because he doesn't indulge in everyday dishes.’
      • ‘However, he is being largely shielded from it - he lives, as I understand it, an isolated, though luxurious, existence on his concert tour.’
      • ‘Though most of those who come on stage are long-time inmates of Cheshire Home, they were all leading an isolated existence.’
      • ‘The aim was for cultural institutions to provide points of contact between an isolated elite and the public.’
      • ‘Duncan never fell for this nonsense, but after moving to Scotland he lost contact with the isolated Socialist Review Group.’
      • ‘A small blood test could lead to a life-changing operation for a Lancaster mum - rescuing her from an isolated and life-threatening existence in a hospital bed.’
      • ‘That man probably carried a single copy of the flawed gene that has now become common in this isolated population.’
      • ‘What we saw was a group of works created by isolated individuals with little contact with each other or developments elsewhere.’
      • ‘Eddie and Maria are living an idyllic, isolated existence somewhere in the wilds of Norway.’
      • ‘Inmates say the new structure leaves them isolated and vulnerable to abuse by guards.’
      • ‘First contacts with completely isolated tribes are rare these days, but they still happen.’
      • ‘The other three have in common an isolated central character that has withdrawn from the world.’
      solitary, lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one's own, alone, all alone, friendless
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    2. 1.2 Single; exceptional.
      ‘isolated incidents of student unrest’
      • ‘Therefore nature cannot be divided into isolated building blocks.’
      • ‘Most Americans believe the abuses were isolated instances, not common occurrences.’
      • ‘But they haven't said they can't find them, except for very isolated cases, like nurses.’
      • ‘But this is idiocy, discovery will prove this isn't an isolated incident.’
      • ‘But the scandal of Enron's collapse is not an isolated example of a single company run amok, or even a handful of companies.’
      • ‘But Edwards believes they are more common than the three apparently isolated cases in Britain, the United States and Holland suggest.’
      • ‘Generally, with isolated and notable exceptions such as impaired driving, the perceived risk of detection for commission of a crime is low.’
      • ‘Comparing FDP to all other injured individuals, an isolated fall was the commonest cause of injury in all groups.’
      • ‘There were differences between late and early students in understanding normal English speech, isolated sentences, and single vocabulary.’
      • ‘I recount this, not to boost my ego nor to base my belief in the goodwill of youth on this single and isolated incident.’
      • ‘In any event, this appeared to be a single isolated incident.’
      • ‘His was not an isolated existence, but was rather a small part of a very long chain.’
      • ‘Now it appears Daniel's was not an isolated case as five other parents have contacted the Bolton Evening News saying their children are in the same position.’
      • ‘In fact, it was neither isolated nor exceptional.’
      • ‘Are these isolated contacts or do they show just the most visible strands of a tangled skein of integration?’
      • ‘The recent incidents were more isolated cases that " hopefully will not spread " to other parts.’
      • ‘Except in isolated instances, when it becomes absolutely necessary to do otherwise, I see tankers continuing to do what they were trained to do.’
      • ‘A couple of expert financial analysts were wheeled on to explain that this fraudulent behaviour, far from involving only a few isolated cases, is now extremely common.’
      • ‘Thus far it looks like it's a very isolated incident.’
      • ‘‘You're getting more muscles involved than in just single isolated moves,’ Giswold explains.’
      unique, single, lone, sole, only, one, solitary, individual
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Mid 18th century: from French isolé, from Italian isolato, from late Latin insulatus ‘made into an island’, from Latin insula ‘island’.