[ ahy-suh-ley-shuhn, is-uh- ]
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  1. an act or instance of isolating.

  2. the state of being isolated.

  1. the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease; quarantine.

  2. the separation of a nation from other nations by isolationism.

  3. Psychoanalysis. a process whereby an idea or memory is divested of its emotional component.

  4. Sociology. social isolation.

Origin of isolation

First recorded in 1825–35; isolate + -ion

synonym study For isolation

2. See solitude.

Other words for isolation

Other words from isolation

  • an·ti-i·so·la·tion, adjective
  • post·i·so·la·tion, adjective
  • re·i·so·la·tion, noun

Words Nearby isolation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use isolation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for isolation


/ (ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the act of isolating or the condition of being isolated

  2. (of a country, party, etc) nonparticipation in or withdrawal from international politics

  1. med

    • social separation of a person who has or is suspected of having a contagious disease: Compare quarantine

    • (as modifier): an isolation hospital

  2. sociol a lack of contact between persons, groups, or whole societies

  3. social psychol the failure of an individual to maintain contact with others or genuine communication where interaction with others persists

  4. in isolation without regard to context, similar matters, etc

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