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isolate

verb iso·late \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt also ˈi- \

Definition of isolate

isolated; isolating
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

isolator

play \ˈī-sə-ˌlā-tər also ˈi-\ noun

Examples of isolate in a Sentence

  1. These policies will only serve to isolate the country politically and economically.

  2. Certain patients must be isolated in a separate ward.

  3. When he wants to work, he isolates himself in his office and won't talk to anyone.

  4. Scientists have isolated the gene that causes the disease.

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Origin and Etymology of isolate

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


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isolate

adjective iso·late \ ˈī-sə-lət , -ˌlāt also ˈi- \

Definition of isolate

:being alone :solitary, isolated

First Known Use of isolate

1819


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isolate

noun iso·late \ ˈī-sə-lət , -ˌlāt also ˈi- \

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2 :an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society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 in a Sentence

  1. 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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First Known Use of isolate

1890

isolate Synonyms

Synonyms
anchorite, eremite, hermit, recluse, solitary
Related Words
homebody, shut-in
Near Antonyms
socialite; socializer

ISOLATE Defined for English Language Learners

isolate

verb

Definition of isolate for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ISOLATE Defined for Kids

isolate

verb iso·late \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt \

Definition of isolate for Students

isolated; isolating
:to place or keep apart from others
  • Isolate any diseased plants.

Medical Dictionary

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isolate

transitive verb iso·late \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt \

medical Definition of isolate

isolated; isolating
: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

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isolate

noun iso·late \ ˈī-sə-lət , -ˌlāt \

medical Definition of isolate

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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