From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishisolationi‧so‧la‧tion /ˌaɪsəˈleɪʃən/ ●○○ AWL noun [uncountable] 1 FARwhen one group, person, or thing is separate from others Because of its geographical isolation, the area developed its own unique culture.isolation of the isolation of rural areasinternational/diplomatic/political isolation the country’s continuing political isolationin isolation The political prisoner had been held in complete isolation. The mansion sits in splendid isolation on top of the hill (=it is far from everything and looks impressive).isolation hospital/ward British English Scarlet fever victims had to go to the isolation hospital. a patient’s isolation period2 ALONEwhen someone feels alone and unable to meet or speak to other people Retirement can often cause feelings of isolation. elderly people living in social isolation3 → in isolation (from something)
Examples from the Corpusisolation• Steamboats, railways and telegraphs broke down geographical isolation.• The years in isolation and adversity had deepened his self-knowledge and political awareness.• The lack of clear leadership was underlined by the increasing isolation of Nicholas himself.• First-year college students often experience feelings of isolation.• The island's isolation has been a major factor in preserving its beauty.• Man is so constructed that such isolation is too immense to conceive and the young cabin boy loses his rational faculties.• Very few people ever left the isolation hospital and visitors had to sit behind a glass screen.• Their very weakness, their distance from practical affairs, and their isolation made them ever more extreme.isolation hospital/ward• He wanted Asquith on a pedestal and Lloyd George in an isolation hospital.• The Board of Guardians replied that they didn't have any isolation hospital and were unable to accept liability.• This now serves, not only as guest accommodation, but also as an occasional isolation ward, study and music room.• Very few people ever left the isolation hospital and visitors had to sit behind a glass screen.• Her lungs were racked with fever and the doctor took one look at her and sent her to the isolation hospital.• The isolation ward was already crowded with cases of other illnesses when the first five polio victims arrived in May.