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isolate

i·so·late

isolate

 
 
pronunciation:
aI s leIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: isolated, isolates, isolating
definition 1: to set apart from other things or people.
The police isolated the murder suspect from the other prisoners.We think we have isolated the single cause of this disease.The island people are isolated from the mainland population.
synonyms:
seclude, segregate
antonyms:
combine
similar words:
abstract, dissociate, insulate, quarantine, separate, sequester
definition 2: to separate (an infectious person) from other people.
Passengers who had become ill during the voyage were isolated.
synonyms:
quarantine
similar words:
confine, seclude, separate, sequester
definition 3: in chemistry, to extract a pure substance from an impure one.
synonyms:
extract, purify, refine, separate
similar words:
clarify, crystallize, decontaminate, distill
derivation: isolator (n.)
Word Builder: isolate +
  • isolated:
    separate and alone; far from others.
  • isolation:
    the act of keeping someone or something separate and alone.