isol·ation AW [isolation isolations] BrE [ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃn] NAmE [ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃn] noun uncountable
1. the act of separating sb/sth; the state of being separate
• geographical isolation
• an isolation hospital/ward (= for people with infectious diseases)
• ~ (from sb/sth) The country has been threatened with complete isolation from the international community unless the atrocities stop.
• He lives in splendid isolation (= far from, or in a superior position to, everyone else).
• the isolation of the polio virus
2. ~ (from sb/sth) the state of being alone or lonely
• Many unemployed people experience feelings of isolation and depression.
Idiom: in isolation
mid 19th cent.: from isolate, partly on the pattern of French isolation.
• Many immigrants experience isolation.
• The country could face international isolation if it does not withdraw its troops.
• The figures should not be looked at in isolation but as part of a pattern.
• The tower stands in splendid isolation on the cliff edge.
• the enforced isolation of life in an Arctic weather station
• the social isolation of single mothers at home with their babies
• He lives in splendid isolation.
• He was taken to an isolation hospital.
• Her social isolation was made worse by her inability to drive.
• Isolation from family and friends also contributes to their problems.
• She had difficulties coping with the strain and isolation of being a single parent.
• an isolation hospital/ward
1. a state of separation between persons or groups
3. the act of isolating something; setting something apart from others
Syn: closing off
4. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it
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