isolation Definition

  • 1the state of being alone or separated from others
  • 2the process or fact of separating something from other things; the condition of being separate

Using isolation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "isolation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The prisoner was kept in isolation for weeks.

  • Example

    The company's policy of isolation from competitors has hurt its growth.

  • Example

    The island's isolation from the mainland made it a unique ecosystem.

isolation Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using isolation

  • considered separately from other things or factors that may be relevant


    It's difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in isolation from other factors that may have contributed to its success.

  • abandon or isolate someone in a difficult situation


    When the project fell apart, he left his team in the lurch, without any support or guidance.

  • to separate someone from others, often as a form of punishment or protection


    The prisoner was put in isolation after he started a fight with another inmate.

Phrases with isolation

  • social isolation

    the state of being cut off from social interactions and relationships with others


    The pandemic has led to increased social isolation for many people.

  • a hospital unit designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by isolating patients who have been diagnosed with such diseases


    The patient was transferred to the isolation ward to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • a political policy of avoiding alliances and involvement in international affairs, particularly in times of war


    The country's isolationist policy during World War II kept it out of the conflict until it was attacked.

Origins of isolation

from Latin 'insulatus', meaning 'made into an island'


Summary: isolation in Brief

The term 'isolation' [ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃən] refers to the state of being alone or separated from others, or the process of separating something from other things. It can refer to physical separation, as in 'The island's isolation from the mainland,' or social separation, as in 'The pandemic has led to increased social isolation.' Idioms like 'in isolation' denote consideration of something separately, while 'leave someone in the lurch' means to abandon or isolate someone in a difficult situation.

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