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quarantine

quar·an·tine

quarantine

 
 
pronunciation:
kwa rn tin [or] kwa rn tin
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: the keeping of a person, animal, or thing away from others to stop a disease from spreading.
The child with chicken pox was put in quarantine.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: quarantined, quarantines, quarantining
definition: to put a person or thing in quarantine.
The doctor quarantined the patients with influenza in a separate part of the hospital.
similar words:
confine
derivation: quarantinable (adj.)
Word History
Quarantine comes from the Italian word for "forty." In the early 1600s, "quarantine" was the forty days that a woman could remain in her husband's house after he died. In the late 1600s, a ship that was suspected of carrying disease was kept in the port for forty days. This period was also called "quarantine."
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