verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.
Origin of isolate
Related Words for isolatesdisengage, confine, disconnect, divide, separate, insulate, remove, segregate, sequester, detach, seclude, divorce, abstract, part, sunder, quarantine, sever, island
Examples from the Web for isolates
Contemporary Examples of isolates
As the reach and functionality of the web becomes broader and more sophisticated, it both connects and isolates us.China Doesn't Want You to See the Internet Addiction Film 'Web Junkie'
Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia
August 9, 2014
The stereotype is always racialized, which isolates contestants of color and makes them even less likely to win.Real Racism: What Aaryn Gries Reveals about Reality TV
August 25, 2013
In How the Mighty Fall, Collins isolates what he sees as the five stages of institutional decline.Good to Not So Great: How Companies Fail
May 26, 2009
Historical Examples of isolates
This is the disintegrating power of a great wind: it isolates one from one's kind.Typhoon
In France our tribune which isolates the orator has many advantages.The Memoirs of Victor Hugo
It isolates the washing from the cooking, and the smell of washing from the whole house.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
It isolates, and makes contact and mutual understanding difficult.Reconstruction in Philosophy
Instead of uniting her with the prayer of the Church it isolates her.
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).