follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

isolation

[ahy-suh-ley-shuh n, is-uh-] /ˌaɪ səˈleɪ ʃən, ˌɪs ə-/
noun
1.
an act or instance of isolating.
2.
the state of being isolated.
3.
the complete separation from others of a person suffering from contagious or infectious disease; quarantine.
4.
the separation of a nation from other nations by isolationism.
5.
Psychoanalysis. a process whereby an idea or memory is divested of its emotional component.
6.
Sociology, social isolation.
Origin of isolation
1825-1835
1825-35; isolate + -ion
Related forms
anti-isolation, adjective
postisolation, adjective
reisolation, noun
Synonyms
2. See solitude. 3. segregation.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for isolation
British Dictionary definitions for isolation

isolation

/ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of isolating or the condition of being isolated
2.
(of a country, party, etc) nonparticipation in or withdrawal from international politics
3.
(med)
  1. social separation of a person who has or is suspected of having a contagious disease Compare quarantine
  2. (as modifier): an isolation hospital
4.
(sociol) a lack of contact between persons, groups, or whole societies
5.
(social psychol) the failure of an individual to maintain contact with others or genuine communication where interaction with others persists
6.
in isolation, without regard to context, similar matters, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for isolation
n.

1800, noun of action from isolate, or else from French isolation, noun of action from isoler (see isolated).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
isolation in Medicine

isolation i·so·la·tion (ī'sə-lā'shən)
n.
The act of isolating or the state of being isolated.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for isolation

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for isolation

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with isolation