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

Definition of self-isolate

transitive + intransitive

: to isolate or separate oneself or itself from others Feelings of shame and a tendency to self-isolate in order to hide the behaviors can result in loss of social support.— Alex Gitterman My husband and I are both 85 and have heart problems, so even before the new orders we were self-isolating to avoid getting or passing on coronavirus.— Louise Cate Government officials said that public gatherings must be restricted to two people … . Those over 70 should self-isolate themselves.— Lidia Kelly self-isolated people/countries

First Known Use of self-isolate

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Self-isolate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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