Definition of isolated in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈīsəˌlādəd/


1Far away from other places, buildings, or people; remote: isolated farms and villages
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  • Denmark's orderly agricultural landscape is richly studded with traditional buildings including country estates, villages and isolated farms.
  • Smaller villages, depressed coalfield areas and more remote or isolated settlements are more likely to experience pub closures.
  • The north part of Belgium consists of isolated farms between villages, while the south tends to contain larger groups of farms.
remote, out of the way, outlying, off the beaten track/path, secluded, lonely, godforsaken, far-flung, inaccessible, cutoff, incommunicado, in the backwoods, in the back of beyond, in the back concessions, in the boonies/boondocks, in the middle of nowhere, in the sticks, in the tall timbers, hinterland
1.1Having minimal contact or little in common with others: he lived a very isolated existence
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  • First contacts with completely isolated tribes are rare these days, but they still happen.
  • The aim was for cultural institutions to provide points of contact between an isolated elite and the public.
  • The party had not been contacted by the isolated military government.
solitary, lonely, companionless, friendless;
secluded, cloistered, segregated, unsociable, reclusive, hermitic, lonesome
1.2Single; exceptional: they were isolated incidents
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  • 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.
  • There were differences between late and early students in understanding normal English speech, isolated sentences, and single vocabulary.


Mid 18th century: from French isolé, from Italian isolato, from late Latin insulatus 'made into an island', from Latin insula 'island'.

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Syllabification: i·so·lat·ed

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