n 1 a : a term during which a ship arriving in port and suspected of carrying contagious disease is held in isolation from the shore b : a regulation placing a ship in quarantine c : a place where a ship is detained during quarantine 2 a : a restraint upon the activities or communication of persons or the transport of goods that is designed to prevent the spread of disease or pests b : a place in which those under quarantine are kept
vb, -tined -tin*ing vt : to detain in or exclude by quarantine vi : to establish or declare a quarantine .
Similar sounding terms: car·ni·tine
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