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
Word Origin:
mid 19th cent.: from isolate, partly on the pattern of French isolation.
Example Bank:
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

WordNet Dictionary:
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
Syn: isolationistic

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