Meaning of quarantine in English:


Pronunciation /?kw?r?nti?n/

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mass noun
  • A state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that may have been exposed to infectious disease are placed.

    ‘horses entering the country must stay in quarantine longer’
    • ‘a six-week quarantine’
    • ‘quarantine laws’
    • ‘For nearly one hundred years, bringing a pet into Britain involved a six month period in quarantine.’
    • ‘Patients are considered contagious and should remain in quarantine until all scabs separate.’
    • ‘After the transplant she had to spend six months in quarantine to avoid catching an infection while her immune system recovered, but now she is fit and well.’
    • ‘The English are very strict on their anti-rabies regulations and sometimes keep animals in quarantine for six months.’
    • ‘When the birds finally arrive in England, they will spend 28 days in quarantine, before moving to a large pen with soft sides.’
    • ‘Was she in quarantine to protect most of her immediate family from the disease that was about to end her life?’
    • ‘The whole family was put in quarantine for a month but soon after she had recovered from one disease Julia was struck down with another, namely rheumatic fever.’
    • ‘The puppy was flown to Austria and then transported to Holland where another breeder was employed to care for him for six months, while he was in quarantine.’
    • ‘Some 4,000 cattle in two herds remain in quarantine because of the concerns about mad cow disease.’
    • ‘The first beavers could arrive in Britain by autumn and would be released after six months in quarantine.’
    • ‘Buster had to spend six months in quarantine on his return from Iraq.’
    • ‘The chicks will arrive on Salisbury Plain on June 23 and spend a month in quarantine before moving to a large enclosure.’
    • ‘Hundreds of immigrants, mostly English and some Irish, died on the island while in quarantine.’
    • ‘Paul is due to return to his family in Preston later this week but Elliot will remain in quarantine for six months before he is allowed to come home.’
    • ‘Isabel and the two older boys also succumbed to diphtheria and were in quarantine for a month.’
    • ‘The five who are expected to go home to Hong Kong will be placed in quarantine for 10 days on their return.’
    • ‘They'll study them in quarantine to determine their efficacy and safety.’
    • ‘Like their hosts, the plant pathogens are also of foreign origin and are thus kept in quarantine.’
    • ‘As the period for keeping them in quarantine was over, they were shifted to the exhibit area.’
    • ‘The tiger was in quarantine while surgeons undertook emergency surgery on its owner.’
    separation, setting apart, keeping apart, sorting out


  • 1with object Place (a person or animal) in quarantine in order to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.

    ‘I quarantine all new fish for one month’
    • ‘they had to quarantine infected households’
    • ‘The patients are now quarantined in normal wards and recovering from fever, the Central News Agency reported.’
    • ‘Because the aim, as I see it, will be for embassies to get all the ex-pats and tourists home before borders are closed to us and we are quarantined.’
    • ‘Some areas are quarantining returning migrants, while teams are being organised to bring in crops so that workers don't have to return to help with the harvest, they said.’
    • ‘So now my poor little 6 year old and I are quarantined in our home.’
    • ‘He acknowledged to himself that he viewed Horatio as more than an officer when he was quarantined on that plague ship.’
    • ‘In this situation, Ponter actually does get sick and almost dies and all those who made contact with him are quarantined.’
    • ‘If foot-and-mouth does hit this area and we are quarantined, we won't even be able to do this.’
    • ‘In October some guests were quarantined in their rooms after a similar outbreak of sickness.’
    • ‘In the case of an outbreak of a viral hemorrhagic fever, infected people should be quarantined.’
    • ‘The building has been quarantined since the mail anthrax attack in October 2001.’
    • ‘In the old days the disease was terrible, but survivable: farms were quarantined and the animals nursed.’
    • ‘The property has been quarantined and all animals will be tested.’
    • ‘The farm's 12,000 chickens were destroyed and farms within two miles were quarantined.’
    • ‘A day later the 500 bed Ditan Hospital, one of six in the city designated for SARS patients, was also quarantined.’
    • ‘Until results of the biological test are satisfactory, the sterilizer should be quarantined.’
    • ‘Currently, nearly 40 patients positive for HIV are quarantined on their own floor.’
    • ‘The Public Security Bureau will crack down on anyone who refuses to be quarantined or undergo medical observation.’
    • ‘The Chinese man suffering from leprosy is quarantined in a tent by the river on the edge of town.’
    • ‘The aircraft was met by state and federal agencies, including customs and police, who quarantined it for screening.’
    • ‘Bedford School is not quarantining pupils who have returned from affected areas, but is monitoring their temperatures twice a day.’
    separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, seclude, divorce, shut away, alienate, distance, exclude, keep out
    1. 1.1no object Remain apart from others for a period of time in order to prevent the transmission of an infectious disease to which one may have been exposed.
      • ‘we are seeing exponential growth in new cases because people failed to quarantine after travelling abroad’


Late 15th century (in sense ‘place where Jesus fasted for forty days’): from medieval Latin quarentena and Anglo-Norman French quarenteine, quarenteinne. The modern sense is from Italian quarantina ‘forty days’, from quaranta ‘forty’, and dates from the mid 17th century.