Definition of isolate in English:

isolate

Pronunciation /ˈīsəˌlāt/ /ˈaɪsəˌleɪt/ /ˈīsələt/ /ˈaɪsələt/

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verb

  • 1with object Cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others.

    • ‘a country that is isolated from the rest of the world’
    separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, seclude, divorce, shut away, alienate, distance, exclude, keep out
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    1. 1.1Place (a person or animal) in quarantine to prevent the spread of an infectious disease.
      • ‘the best way to isolate sick fish is to set up a hospital tank’
      separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, seclude, divorce, shut away, alienate, distance, exclude, keep out
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    2. 1.2no object Remain apart from others for a period of time, especially in order to avoid catching or transmitting an infectious disease.
      • ‘the governor urged residents to isolate to limit the spread of the virus’
  • 2with object Identify (something) and examine or deal with it separately.

    • ‘his difficulty will be to isolate the factors which are most significant’
    identify, single out, pick out, spot, point out, recognize, pinpoint, pin down, put one's finger on, discern, distinguish, discover, find, locate
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    1. 2.1Cut off the electrical or other connection to (something, especially a part of a supply network)
      • ‘engineers isolated the gas supply to the house’
    2. 2.2Cut off the electrical or other connection to (something, especially a part of a supply network).
    3. 2.3Chemistry Biology Obtain or extract (a compound, microorganism, etc.) in a pure form.
      • ‘the medical world would never come to grips with polio until it could isolate the virus which caused it’

noun

  • 1A person or thing that has been or become isolated.

    • ‘social isolates often become careless of their own welfare’
    loner, solitary, lone wolf
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  • 2Biology
    A culture of microorganisms isolated for study.

Origin

Early 19th century (as a verb): back-formation from isolated.