Definition of isolated in English:



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

    ‘isolated farms and villages’
    • ‘After the completion of the Telegraph Station it remained an isolated group of buildings in the middle of nowhere.’
    • ‘Avoid creating relatively isolated areas within book stacks.’
    • ‘The model for the great boarding schools was one with a remote, isolated site and harsh regime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"We are achieving good prices for houses located in rural, fairly isolated areas, " said Byrne.’
    • ‘Denmark's orderly agricultural landscape is richly studded with traditional buildings including country estates, villages and isolated farms.’
    • ‘Outreach youth workers do try to target more isolated villages, but it is difficult.’
    • ‘It touches most Indonesian social cultures, especially in isolated and remote communities.’
    • ‘Villages around Swindon are being encouraged to take part in a scheme to bring touring arts to more isolated areas.’
    • ‘Urban design tends to concern itself with the collective, architecture with isolated buildings.’
    • ‘The north part of Belgium consists of isolated farms between villages, while the south tends to contain larger groups of farms.’
    • ‘Of the 187 whites killed, the majority were convicts working as shepherds and stockmen on isolated properties in remote locations.’
    • ‘He laughed upon hearing that there was now a McDonald's on the isolated and remote Aleutian outpost.’
    • ‘Smaller villages, depressed coalfield areas and more remote or isolated settlements are more likely to experience pub closures.’
    • ‘Nowadays, colleges are no longer isolated or remote ivory towers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In remote and isolated regions of the Pacific Rim, for instance, these problems are considerably magnified.’
    • ‘But what if he drove her to some remote, isolated place and left her there?’
    • ‘JFK is forced to handle political dealings, serial killing gangs and defend the isolated building from a nuclear strike.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘First contacts with completely isolated tribes are rare these days, but they still happen.’
      • ‘The party had not been contacted by the isolated military government.’
      • ‘The other three have in common an isolated central character that has withdrawn from the world.’
      • ‘During his court-martial, Jenkins described an austere existence in the isolated Stalinist state.’
      • ‘Such a person may find himself socially isolated because he doesn't indulge in everyday dishes.’
      • ‘Post-Armageddon movies have one thing in common, an isolated group of survivors, living communally and starting over.’
      • ‘That man probably carried a single copy of the flawed gene that has now become common in this isolated population.’
      • ‘For a while Marx lived an isolated existence, unconnected with any organized political group.’
      • ‘Though most of those who come on stage are long-time inmates of Cheshire Home, they were all leading an isolated existence.’
      • ‘However, he is being largely shielded from it - he lives, as I understand it, an isolated, though luxurious, existence on his concert tour.’
      • ‘Duncan never fell for this nonsense, but after moving to Scotland he lost contact with the isolated Socialist Review Group.’
      • ‘Eddie and Maria are living an idyllic, isolated existence somewhere in the wilds of Norway.’
      • ‘The aim was for cultural institutions to provide points of contact between an isolated elite and the public.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The latter state of mind seemed totally understandable given his isolated existence.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inmates say the new structure leaves them isolated and vulnerable to abuse by guards.’
      • ‘What we saw was a group of works created by isolated individuals with little contact with each other or developments elsewhere.’
      solitary, lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one's own, alone, all alone, friendless
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    2. 1.2 Single; exceptional.
      ‘they were isolated incidents’
      • ‘I recount this, not to boost my ego nor to base my belief in the goodwill of youth on this single and isolated incident.’
      • ‘There were differences between late and early students in understanding normal English speech, isolated sentences, and single vocabulary.’
      • ‘But this is idiocy, discovery will prove this isn't an isolated incident.’
      • ‘‘You're getting more muscles involved than in just single isolated moves,’ Giswold explains.’
      • ‘Thus far it looks like it's a very isolated incident.’
      • ‘But they haven't said they can't find them, except for very isolated cases, like nurses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Comparing FDP to all other injured individuals, an isolated fall was the commonest cause of injury in all groups.’
      • ‘Generally, with isolated and notable exceptions such as impaired driving, the perceived risk of detection for commission of a crime is low.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Therefore nature cannot be divided into isolated building blocks.’
      • ‘His was not an isolated existence, but was rather a small part of a very long chain.’
      • ‘In fact, it was neither isolated nor exceptional.’
      • ‘Most Americans believe the abuses were isolated instances, not common occurrences.’
      • ‘In any event, this appeared to be a single isolated incident.’
      • ‘Are these isolated contacts or do they show just the most visible strands of a tangled skein of integration?’
      • ‘But the scandal of Enron's collapse is not an isolated example of a single company run amok, or even a handful of companies.’
      • ‘The recent incidents were more isolated cases that " hopefully will not spread " to other parts.’
      • ‘But Edwards believes they are more common than the three apparently isolated cases in Britain, the United States and Holland suggest.’
      • ‘Except in isolated instances, when it becomes absolutely necessary to do otherwise, I see tankers continuing to do what they were trained to do.’
      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’.