Definition of isolated in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʌɪsəleɪtɪd/


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, 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;
faraway, far-flung;
North American  in the backwoods, lonesome;
South African  in the backveld, in the platteland;
Australian/New Zealand  in the backblocks, in the booay
informal unget-at-able, in the sticks
North American informal jerkwater, in the tall timbers
Australian/New Zealand informal Barcoo, beyond the black stump
archaic unapproachable
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, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one's own, (all) alone, friendless;
secluded, cloistered, sequestered, segregated;
protected, cocooned, sheltered, insulated, immune;
antisocial, unsociable, withdrawn, reclusive, introverted, hermitic;
North American  lonesome
1.2Single; exceptional: isolated incidents of student unrest
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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.
unique, single, lone, sole, only, one, solitary, individual;
unusual, uncommon, exceptional, anomalous, abnormal, odd, atypical, untypical;
random, unrelated, stray, freak
informal one-off


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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