• (RP) IPA: /ˈkwɒɹ.ən.tiːn/, /ˈkwɒɹ.ən.taɪn/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈkwɔɹ.ən.tin/, /ˈkɔɹ.ən.tin/
  • (NYC) IPA: /ˈkwɑɹ.ən.tin/

quarantine (plural quarantines)

  1. The desert in which Christ fasted for 40 days according to the Bible.
  2. A grace period of 40 days during which a widow has the right to remain in her dead husband's home, regardless of the inheritance.


  1. A sanitary measure to prevent the spread of a contagious plague by isolating those believed or feared to be infected.
  2. Such official detention of a ship at or off port due to suspicion that it may be carrying a contagious disease aboard.
  3. A certain place for isolating persons suspected of suffering from a contagious disease.
  4. A certain period of time during which a person is isolated to determine whether they've been infected with a contagious disease.
  5. (by extension) Any rigorous measure of isolation, regardless of the reason.
  6. A record system kept by port health authorities in order to monitor and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
  7. (computing) A place where email messages or other files which are suspected of harboring a computer virus are stored.
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quarantine (quarantines, present participle quarantining; past and past participle quarantined)

  1. To retain in obligatory isolation or separation, as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
  2. To put in isolation as if by quarantine

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