in·​su·​late | \ ˈin(t)-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce insulate (audio) \
insulated; insulating

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

Examples of insulate in a Sentence

They used a special type of fiberglass to insulate the attic. a material that is able to insulate against cold The company has tried to insulate itself from the region's political turmoil. I wish I could insulate my children from painful experiences.
Recent Examples on the Web The laws and norms that insulate the judiciary from political pressure exist for good reasons. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 Roberts has often sought to insulate the high court from politics and often taken an incremental approach in high-profile cases on hot-button issues – crafting narrow rulings that might win over justices of all ideologies. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Countries in Asia-Pacific have strengthened their regional integration during the pandemic, which helped to insulate their economies as supply-chain bottlenecks and restrictions to restrain the virus choked trade elsewhere. Claire Jiao,, 9 Feb. 2022 If possible, insulate pipes that may be exposed to cold air. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Feb. 2022 But that does not insulate the show from liability. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Given this reality, members of Congress should insulate investment decisions in their accounts from this unfair advantage via a blind trust arrangement. Paul Andrews, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Trump’s endorsement contradicted a hypothesis shared by many statewide campaigns this cycle: insulate your campaign in the Trumpian universe, and get in good with the man likely to be the GOP 2024 nominee, by filling it with former Trump staffers. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 There is no reason to stop being useful to Russians who need to repair, insulate, insure, protect and light their homes. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insulate

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insulate

Latin insula

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14 May 2022

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“Insulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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in·​su·​late | \ ˈin-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce insulate (audio) \
insulated; insulating

Kids Definition of insulate

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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