insulate

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verb in·su·late \ ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt \

Definition of insulate

insulated; insulating
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

Examples of insulate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of insulate

Latin insula


INSULATE Defined for English Language Learners

insulate

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Definition of insulate for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


INSULATE Defined for Kids

insulate

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verb in·su·late \ ˈin-sə-ˌlāt \

Definition of insulate for Students

insulated; insulating
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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