verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.
- isokinetic exercise,
- isolated camera,
- isolated explosive disorder,
- isolated pawn,
- isolated point
Origin of isolate
Examples from the Web for isolate
JUDNICK: My reaction is so visceral that I immediately, like you, isolate myself so I can breathe.
They are, after all, carefully selected “types,” and to isolate them runs the risk of seeing the book as an allegory.
We can do that because of two things: strong health care…and strong public health that can track contacts and isolate them.CDC Director: First U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’|Abby Haglage|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Backed by NATO solidarity and economic sanctions with teeth, it just might isolate Putin enough that he backs off.
He made a decision to isolate himself, so I would ask did he think he was going to die when he realized he was exposed?
If any of the animals die, make complete post-mortem examinations and endeavour to isolate the pathogenic organisms.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Isolate we have indeed been as a people, but not provincially nor narrowly nor proudly isolate.
Isolate over the garden-wall was the face; the rest of the man and all the horse were hidden behind it.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
We are at least enabled to isolate a problem for investigation.Logic, Inductive and Deductive|William Minto
But though you can individualize it and propagate it indefinitely, you cannot isolate it from its fuel and keep it by itself.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
verb (ˈaɪsəˌleɪt) (tr)
Word Origin for isolate
by 1786, a new formation from isolated (q.v.).
The translation of this work is well performed, excepting that fault from which few translations are wholly exempt, and which is daily tending to corrupt our language, the adoption of French expressions. We have here evasion for escape, twice or more times repeated; brigands very frequently; we have the unnecessary and foolish word isolate; and, if we mistake not, paralize, which at least has crept in through a similar channel. Translators cannot be too careful on this point, as it is a temptation to which they are constantly exposed. ["The British Critic," April 1799]
As a noun from 1890, from earlier adjectival use (1819).