[ kwawr-uhn-teen, kwor-, kwawr-uhn-teen, kwor- ]
/ 藞kw蓴r 蓹n藢tin, 藞kw蓲r-, 藢kw蓴r 蓹n藞tin, 藢kw蓲r- /
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verb (used with object), quar路an路tined, quar路an路tin路ing.
to put in or subject to quarantine.
to exclude, detain, or isolate for political, social, or hygienic reasons.
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Origin of quarantine

First recorded in 1600鈥10; from Italian quarantina, variant of quarantena, originally Upper Italian (Venetian): 鈥減eriod of forty days, group of forty,鈥 derivative of quaranta 鈥渇orty,鈥 ultimately from Latin quadr膩gint膩


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How to use quarantine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for quarantine

/ (藞kw蓲r蓹n藢ti藧n) /

a period of isolation or detention, esp of persons or animals arriving from abroad, to prevent the spread of disease, usually consisting of the maximum known incubation period of the suspected disease
the place or area where such detention is enforced
any period or state of enforced isolation
verb (tr)
to isolate in or as if in quarantine
Australian to withhold (a portion of a welfare payment) from a person or group of people

Word Origin for quarantine

C17: from Italian quarantina period of forty days, from quaranta forty, from Latin quadr膩gint膩
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Medical definitions for quarantine

[ kw么r蓹n-t膿n鈥 ]

A period of time during which a vehicle, person, or material suspected of carrying a contagious disease is detained at a port of entry under enforced isolation to prevent disease from entering a country.
A place for such detention.
Enforced isolation or restriction of free movement imposed to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
A condition of enforced isolation.
A period of 40 days.
To isolate in or as if in quarantine.
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Cultural definitions for quarantine

[ (kwawr-uhn-teen, kwahr-uhn-teen) ]

The isolation of people who either have a contagious disease or have been exposed to one, in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease.

notes for quarantine

The term is sometimes used politically to designate the political and economic isolation of a nation in retribution for unacceptable policies: 鈥淲hen Iraq invaded Kuwait, it was placed in quarantine by the nations of the world.鈥
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