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isolate

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verb iso·late \ˈī-sə-ˌlāt also ˈi-\

Definition of isolate

isolated

isolating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set apart from others; also :  quarantine

  3. 2 :  to select from among others; especially :  to separate from another substance so as to obtain pure or in a free state

  4. 3 :  insulate

isolator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of isolate

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


First Known Use: 1799


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isolate

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adjective iso·late \-lət, -ˌlāt\

Definition of isolate

  1. :  being alone :  solitary, isolated

1819

First Known Use of isolate

1819


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isolate

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noun iso·late \-lət, -ˌlāt\

Definition of isolate

  1. 1 :  an individual, population, strain, or culture obtained by or resulting from selection or separation

  2. 2 :  an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society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>

1890

First Known Use of isolate

1890


ISOLATE Defined for English Language Learners

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verb iso·late \ˈī-sə-ˌlāt also ˈi-\

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

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verb iso·late \ˈī-sə-ˌlāt\

Definition of isolate for Students

isolated

isolating

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


Medical Dictionary

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transitive verb iso·late \ˈī-sə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of isolate

isolated

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isolating

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


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noun iso·late \ˈī-sə-lət, -ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of isolate

  1. 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. 2:  a relatively homogeneous population separated from related populations by geographic, biologic, or social factors or by human intervention

  3. 3:  a socially withdrawn individual



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