Definition of isolation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌɪsəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The process or fact of isolating or being isolated: isolation from family and friends may also contribute to anxiety
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  • A general boycott will help this necessary process of international isolation.
  • This suggested a growing mistrust of political institutions and a sense of isolation from the decision-making process.
  • No longer will our students and communities need to feel disadvantaged because of isolation or shortage of resources.
separation, segregation, setting apart, keeping apart;
insulation, seclusion, closeting, protection, shielding, partitioning
solitariness, loneliness, friendlessness, lack of contact, (sense of) exile, aloneness
remoteness, seclusion, loneliness, inaccessibility
1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a hospital or ward for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
Example sentences
  • His wife sent him to the local isolation hospital but no patients would share the same ward with him.
  • Late closure of isolation wards led to infection of visitors and spread of the disease to the community.
  • The isolation ward patients all wear mask themselves, we wear M95 masks when we work in those areas.
1.2 [count noun] An instance of isolating something, especially a compound or microorganism.
Example sentences
  • National Institute of Virology, Pune has carried out serological investigations and virus isolations in different parts of the country.
  • Each step in the curing procedures was monitored by electrophoresis of plasmid isolations.
  • The pre - and post-chlorination bacterial isolations are presented in Table 2.


in isolation

Without relation to other people or things; separately: environmental problems must not be seen in isolation from social ones
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  • In our understanding a person can be a person only in relationships, not in isolation.
  • Religious and other organisations do not exist in isolation from the military.
  • It must be a mixture of chemicals, like alcohol and cocaine, which is far more addictive than either in isolation.


Mid 19th century: from isolate, partly on the pattern of French isolation.

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