Origin of isolated
verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.
Origin of isolate
Related Words for isolatedsecluded, unusual, lonely, remote, segregated, outlying, deserted, confined, hidden, detached, retired, abandoned, stranded, forsaken, screened, single, withdrawn, abnormal, alone, anomalous
Examples from the Web for isolated
Contemporary Examples of isolated
Isolated lesbians learned that there were other women like them via books whose covers aimed to titillate heterosexual men.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism
January 3, 2015
For many years, visitors were barred from the isolated towns.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
January 3, 2015
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.Bill de Blasio’s Tea Party Problem
December 30, 2014
All of us can readily conjure up horror scenarios by the isolated person acting badly.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Historical Examples of isolated
The Causses, owing to their isolated position, may be said to have escaped a history.The Roof of France
Standing up, I pointed to distant mountains and isolated peaks.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
The book I give to the public, is not made up of isolated articles.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Hermits and those who live on isolated farms are interesting in this respect.The Sexual Question
If only he had been an isolated soul he would not have felt so keenly.Cleo The Magnificent
verb (ˈaɪsəˌleɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for isolate
1763, from French isolé "isolated" (17c.) + English -ated (see -ate (2)). The French word is from Italian isolato, from Latin insulatus "made into an island," from insula "island." The French word was used at first in English (isole, also isole'd, c.1750), then after isolate became an English word, isolated became its past participle.
by 1786, a new formation from isolated (q.v.).
The translation of this work is well performed, excepting that fault from which few translations are wholly exempt, and which is daily tending to corrupt our language, the adoption of French expressions. We have here evasion for escape, twice or more times repeated; brigands very frequently; we have the unnecessary and foolish word isolate; and, if we mistake not, paralize, which at least has crept in through a similar channel. Translators cannot be too careful on this point, as it is a temptation to which they are constantly exposed. ["The British Critic," April 1799]
As a noun from 1890, from earlier adjectival use (1819).