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isolate

[ verb ahy-suh-leyt; noun, adjective ahy-suh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈaɪ səˌleɪt; noun, adjective ˈaɪ sə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), i·so·lat·ed, i·so·lat·ing.
noun
adjective
isolated; alone.
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Origin of isolate

First recorded in 1800–10; back formation from isolated

OTHER WORDS FROM isolate

i·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.
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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 forms of isolate

isolable, adjectiveisolability, nounisolator, noun

Word Origin for isolate

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

Other words from isolate

iso•la′tor n.
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