Simple Definition of isolate
: to put or keep (someone or something) in a place or situation that is separate from others
: to find and deal with (something, such as a problem) by removing other possibilities
: to separate (something, such as a chemical) from another substance : to get (something) or an amount of (something) that is not mixed with or attached to anything else
Examples of isolate
These policies will only serve to isolate the country politically and economically.
Certain patients must be isolated in a separate ward.
When he wants to work, he isolates himself in his office and won't talk to anyone.
Scientists have isolated the gene that causes the disease.
Origin of isolate
back-formation from isolated set apart, from French isolé, from Italian isolato, from isola island, from Latin insula
First Known Use: 1799
First Known Use of isolate
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Definition of isolate
1 : an individual, population, strain, or culture obtained by or resulting from selection or separation
2 : an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society
Examples of isolate
<interpersonal relationships are very stressful for him, so he lives as a virtual isolate on the Upper West Side of Manhattan>
First Known Use of isolate
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