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insulate

verb in·su·late \ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt\

: to add a material or substance to (something) in order to stop heat, electricity, or sound from going into or out of it

: to prevent (someone or something) from dealing with or experiencing something : to keep (someone or something) separate from something unpleasant, dangerous, etc.

in·su·lat·edin·su·lat·ing

Full Definition of INSULATE

transitive verb
:  to place in a detached situation :  isolate; especially :  to separate from conducting bodies by means of nonconductors so as to prevent transfer of electricity, heat, or sound
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Examples of INSULATE

  1. They used a special type of fiberglass to insulate the attic.
  2. a material that is able to insulate against cold
  3. The company has tried to insulate itself from the region's political turmoil.
  4. I wish I could insulate my children from painful experiences.

Origin of INSULATE

Latin insula
First Known Use: circa 1741

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INSULATE Defined for Kids

insulate

verb in·su·late \ˈin-sə-ˌlāt\
in·su·lat·edin·su·lat·ing

Definition of INSULATE for Kids

1
:  to separate from others :  isolate <At home he insulates himself from the city.>
2
:  to separate a conductor of electricity, heat, or sound from other conductors by means of something that does not allow the passage of electricity, heat, or sound <insulated electrical wire>

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