isolate

verb
iso·​late | \ ˈī-sə-ˌlāt also ˈi- How to pronounce isolate (audio) \
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 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 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2 : an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society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 isolator (audio) also  ˈi-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for isolate

Synonyms: Verb

cut off, insulate, seclude, segregate, separate, sequester

Synonyms: Noun

anchorite, eremite, hermit, recluse, solitary

Antonyms: Verb

desegregate, integrate, reintegrate

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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

Refuah administrators, even before the blood work had come back, notified the county department of health, which advised them to isolate the patient and shut down the health center. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 Trump, growing more isolated in Washington, might find a tepid reception at the summit as calls increase for cooperation and a collective response to address the financial downturn. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "Economic storm clouds hovering over Trump and global leaders," 24 Aug. 2019 Researchers have never been able to isolate the fungus from the natural environment or figure out how genetically distinct versions emerged independently at roughly the same time in India, South Africa and South America. Lena H. Sun, The Denver Post, "Deadly fungal disease may be linked to climate change, study suggests," 23 July 2019 New republics became as oppressive, insular, and isolated as Spain had encouraged its colonies to be. Tom Gjelten, Washington Post, "In Latin America, colonialism’s violent, seemingly inescapable legacy," 23 Aug. 2019 Because of a likely-to-change rule that mandates all consumable products in adult-use marijuana stores must contain marijuana, Ramsay was barred from selling his goods, made with a 99 percent CBD isolate, to dispensaries to stock on their shelves. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "CBD vending machines: Lakewood company hopes to utilize point-of-sale systems to drive revenue," 22 Aug. 2019 In a letter to church leaders this week, Mnangagwa blamed the country's economic situation on the natural disasters and decades of Western sanctions which has isolated the country for many decades. Mark Chingono, Bukola Adebayo And Brent Swails, CNN, "Violence escalates in Zimbabwe as court rules against opposition protests," 16 Aug. 2019 Meyer's early years Meyer, whose maiden name is Prideaux, described her childhood in a blighted area of Youngstown, Ohio, as isolated. NBC News, "She was an American child bride. Now, Genevieve is fighting to stop it from happening to others.," 12 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, this plays right into the bully’s hands. Bullies love isolating their targets, much as a wolf steers a calf away from the herd. Anchorage Daily News, "What you need to know when a workplace bully takes you on," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In China, home to many of the manufacturing plants that do this work, called fractionation, pea-protein isolate is widely thought of as the byproduct of the process. Larissa Zimberoff, Time, "The Rise of the Pea: How an Unassuming Legume Emerged as a Frontrunner in the Race to Replace Meat and Dairy," 15 Aug. 2019 In addition to vaporizers, The Clear CBD sells tinctures and loose CBD isolate, which can be sprinkled on top of cannabis or on its own for a non-psychoactive experience. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Celebrate National CBD Day With All These Very Chill Sales," 8 Aug. 2019 Examples of these ingredients include (but aren’t limited to) soy protein isolate, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, gluten, maltodextrin, inulin, and gums. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "Ask an RD: What is processed food and just how bad is it?," 5 Aug. 2019 In more-digestible words ... The Impossible Burger’s main ingredients are soy protein isolate, sunflower oil and coconut oil. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for the Impossible Burger in Louisville? We made it possible," 17 May 2017 Tyson's Raised & Rooted Nuggets are constructed from pea protein isolate, bamboo fiber and other plant ingredients. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Tyson’s New Nuggets Swap In Peas for Chicken, as Meatless Frenzy Grows," 13 June 2019 Another study evaluated subjective anxiety and brain activity using 400 mg of isolate CBD, and found anxiolytic (a.k.a. The Editors, Marie Claire, "10 Health Issues CBD Could Solve," 17 Apr. 2019 For example, Banza's version with pea protein isolate has 14 grams of protein per serving compared to Barilla’s 11 grams per serving. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Healthy Is Chickpea Pasta? A Dietitian Weighs In on Nutrition and Weight-Loss Benefits," 25 Mar. 2019 The hurricane could also produce heavy and excessive rainfall – up to 40 inches in isolates areas in the Carolinas and anywhere between six to 12 inches elsewhere in the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence, 'storm of a lifetime,' generating 83-feet high waves as it barrels towards Carolina coast," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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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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