isolate

[ verb ahy-suh-leyt; noun, adjective ahy-suh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈaɪ səˌleɪt; noun, adjective ˈaɪ sə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.

noun

adjective

isolated; alone.

Nearby words

  1. isokeraunic,
  2. isokinetic,
  3. isokinetic exercise,
  4. isolable,
  5. isolatable,
  6. isolated,
  7. isolated camera,
  8. isolated explosive disorder,
  9. isolated pawn,
  10. isolated point

Origin of isolate

First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from isolated

Related formsi·so·la·tor, nounre·i·so·late, verb (used with object), re·i·so·lat·ed, re·i·so·lat·ing.un·i·so·late, verb (used with object), un·i·so·lat·ed, un·i·so·lat·ing.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for isolate


British Dictionary definitions for isolate

isolate

verb (ˈaɪsəˌleɪt) (tr)

to place apart; cause to be alone
med to quarantine (a person or animal) having or suspected of having a contagious disease
to obtain (a compound) in an uncombined form
to obtain pure cultures of (bacteria, esp those causing a particular disease)
electronics to prevent interaction between (circuits, components, etc); insulate

noun (ˈaɪsəlɪt)

an isolated person or group
Derived Formsisolable, adjectiveisolability, nounisolator, noun

Word Origin for isolate

C19: back formation from isolated, via Italian from Latin insulātus, literally: made into an island; see insulate

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for isolate

isolate

v.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for isolate

isolate

[ īsə-lāt′ ]

v.

To set apart or cut off from others.
To place in quarantine.
To separate a pure strain from a mixed bacterial or fungal culture.
To separate or remove a chemical substance out of a combined mixture.
To separate experiences or memories from the emotions relating to them.

n.

A bacterial or fungal strain that has been isolated.
Related formsiso•la′tor n.


The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.