Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “quarantine”

quarantine

noun [U]    /ˈkwɑr·ənˌtin, ˈkwɔr-/
a period of time during which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept away from other people or animals so that the disease cannot spread : The horse had to spend several months in quarantine when it reached this country . quarantine    /ˈkwɑr·ənˌtin, ˈkwɔr-/ verb [T] He was quarantined with mumps , which is highly contagious .
(Definition of quarantine noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of quarantine

Definitions of “quarantine” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

drizzle

to pour liquid slowly over something, especially in a thin line or in small drops

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More