isolated

Isolated means far away from everyone or everything else. The hermit who lives on a remote island is isolated from the rest of the world, with nothing but coconuts and fish to keep him company.

The word isolated comes from the Latin word insula, which means island. You don't have to be on a remote island to feel isolated, though. Even people who live in big cities can feel a sense of isolation if they don't have many friends and spend a lot of time alone. In addition to remote or set apart, isolated can mean a single event, or incident. The high school students assured their principal that the cafeteria food fight was an isolated incident, promising that it would never, ever happen again.

Definitions of isolated
1

adj remote and separate physically or socially

“tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization”
Synonyms:
apart, obscure
unconnected
not joined or linked together

adj being or feeling set or kept apart from others

“"could not remain the isolated figure he had been"- Sherwood Anderson”
Synonyms:
detached, separated, set-apart
separate
independent; not united or joint

adj under forced isolation especially for health reasons

isolated patients”
Synonyms:
quarantined
segregated, unintegrated
separated or isolated from others or a main group

adj marked by separation of or from usually contiguous elements

Synonyms:
disjunct
separate
independent; not united or joint

adj cut off or left behind

“an isolated pawn”
Synonyms:
marooned, stranded
unaccompanied
being without an escort

adj not close together in time

isolated instances of rebellion”
Synonyms:
stray
sporadic
recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.