isolate

verb
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) also ˈi- \
isolated; isolating

Definition of isolate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set apart from others also : quarantine
2 : to select from among others especially : to separate from another substance so as to obtain pure or in a free state
3 : insulate

isolate

adjective
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-lət How to pronounce isolate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) also ˈi- \

Definition of isolate (Entry 2 of 3)

: being alone : solitary, isolated

isolate

noun
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-lət How to pronounce isolate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) also ˈi- \

Definition of isolate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an individual, population, strain, or culture obtained by or resulting from selection or separation
2 : an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society

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Other Words from isolate

Verb

isolator \ ˈī-​sə-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce isolate (audio) also  ˈi-​ \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of isolate in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun interpersonal relationships are very stressful for him, so he lives as a virtual isolate on the Upper West Side of Manhattan
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To contain the outbreak, the government paid the workers to isolate at home and track their symptoms with thermometers and oximeters. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Why the Coronavirus Can Infect Us Without Making Us Sick," 7 Apr. 2021 Torres himself suffered from COVID-19 last March, requiring him to miss work and isolate at home for three weeks with his fiancée, who was then pregnant with their twin boys. Dr. Alexis E. Carrington, ABC News, "How NY hospital faced COVID devastation and came back from the brink," 28 Mar. 2021 After angering the president by insisting that Brazilians isolate at home, Mr. Mandetta was replaced by another doctor, Nelson Teich. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Brazil is Getting New Health Minister," 16 Mar. 2021 They were told to isolate at home while also staying away from their families. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "A year ago, the Celtics crossed paths with the Jazz, and a coronavirus scare ensued," 15 Mar. 2021 Nepal was also hit hard by the virus, and shortages of available hospital beds led the government to ask patients with lesser symptoms to isolate at home. Star Tribune, "Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students," 14 Feb. 2021 The bill also limits local health officials’ power to require people to quarantine or self-isolate without a specific medical diagnosis. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Republican legislature overrides governor’s veto on health orders: The Wake Up for Thursday, March 25, 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 Under the program, the state books hotel rooms in participating counties for workers who need to self-isolate for up to 14 days. San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Feb. 11-17, 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Additional stricter measures include requiring travelers from outside the European Union to have a negative Covid-19 test and self-isolate for a week upon arrival. NBC News, "Covid live updates: WHO probes virus origins, Vaccine access expands," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The health officials ordered the workers to self-isolate, effectively shutting the facility for two weeks. New York Times, "Amazon’s Clashes With Labor: Days of Conflict and Control," 5 Apr. 2021 Those who test positive will be told to self-isolate, along with their household. Washington Post, "British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is offering two at-home coronavirus tests a week to everyone in England," 5 Apr. 2021 Being with him is already causing you to self-isolate. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Incessant talking could be a sign of other issues," 2 Apr. 2021 Being with him is already causing you to self-isolate. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Fiance’s incessant talking causes problems," 2 Apr. 2021 All travelers are required to self-isolate for 10 days after arrival. NBC News, "Covid travel tracker: Which countries are allowing visitors from the U.S.?," 29 Mar. 2021 Instead of preparing to lead the UConn women against No. 8 seed Syracuse during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio on Tuesday, the Huskies’ head coach continues to self-isolate at home after a positive COVID-19 test. courant.com, "UConn fans and family give birthday shout outs to coaching legend Geno Auriemma," 23 Mar. 2021 Public health officials say the restrictions continue to help limit the spread of the virus, but enforcement has been uneven, with the three states all relying on the honor system for travelers to self-isolate and complete forms. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, "Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel," 28 Oct. 2020 One of the first things anyone exposed to or infected with the coronavirus needs to do is quarantine or isolate — that is, hole up at home and avoid other people for several days to prevent further spread of the virus. Los Angeles Times, "Homeless people exposed to coronavirus were put in hotels. For hospitals, the move paid off," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Electrolytes and aminos combined with pure CBD isolate will course through your veins, resulting in superior hydration and better stamina! Micolette Davis, Chron, "Save 20-30% on high quality CBD products for humans and dogs," 9 Mar. 2021 McPLANT: Pea-protein isolate, pressed canola oil, bamboo cellulose . . . Jay Martel, The New Yorker, "Macmuffin: A Tragedy," 8 Mar. 2021 That’s why Canopy is using a CBD isolate, which does not contain other plant compounds. Chris Furnari, Forbes, "Canopy Growth Launches ‘Quatreau’ CBD Drinks In US," 2 Mar. 2021 Unlike most versions of CBD, an isolate does not contain any THC. Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Skincare," 29 Dec. 2020 Early in the pandemic, some hospitals suggested that mothers who test positive isolate from their infants; most no longer do, but policies vary from place to place. Katharine Gammon, The Atlantic, "2020 Was a Terrible Year to Be Pregnant," 24 Dec. 2020 On-campus students who test positive isolate in their own rooms when possible, according to ASU policy. Allison Pohle, WSJ, "Covid-19 Puts Resident Advisers on Front Lines of College Campuses," 9 Oct. 2020 For the last six months, Trump has refused even to try to set up a national test-trace-isolate program which, if properly implemented, would allow the return of something like normal life. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Trump has never stopped making the pandemic worse," 15 Sep. 2020 The university’s protocol for positive test results is to have the individual isolate until their infectious period has concluded, as determined by the Porter County Health Department to be a minimum of 10 days. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Valparaiso University reports 5 COVID-19 cases," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of isolate

Verb

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1819, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for isolate

Verb

back-formation from isolated set apart, from French isolé, from Italian isolato, from isola island, from Latin insula

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The first known use of isolate was in 1799

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10 Apr 2021

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“Isolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isolate. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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isolate

verb

English Language Learners 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
technical : 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

isolate

verb
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) \
isolated; isolating

Kids Definition of isolate

: to place or keep apart from others Isolate any diseased plants.

isolate

transitive verb
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) \
isolated; isolating

Medical Definition of isolate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to set apart from others: as
a : to separate (one with a contagious disease) from others not similarly infected
b : to separate (as a chemical compound) from all other substances : obtain pure or in a free state

isolate

noun
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-lət How to pronounce isolate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce isolate (audio) \

Medical Definition of isolate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an individual (as a spore or single organism), a viable part of an organism (as a cell), or a strain that has been isolated (as from diseased tissue, contaminated water, or the air) also : a pure culture produced from such an isolate
2 : a relatively homogeneous population separated from related populations by geographic, biologic, or social factors or by human intervention
3 : a socially withdrawn individual

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