Isolate definitions

ī'sə-lāt'
The definition of isolate is to separate a person from others and put him by himself, or to separate out a problem to deal with separately, or extracting a part from a hole.

An example of isolate is when you turn everyone against your enemy, causing him to be alone.

An example of isolate is when you separate one part of a problem from the others so you can focus on solving just that aspect of the problem.

An example of isolate is when you try to identify one secret ingredient in a recipe you are eating.

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To identify or distinguish as a separate entity or group.

The study tried to isolate the effects of changing schools on student performance.

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To separate (experiences or memories) from the emotions relating to them.
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To cause to be alone or apart, as in being inaccessible or unable to move about.

The police isolated the area until more help could arrive.

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To place in quarantine.
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To cause to become socially or politically unengaged or ostracized.

An immigrant who was isolated by his poor language skills.

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To render free of external influence; insulate.

A system of government that isolated its citizens from foreign ideas.

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To separate (a substance) in pure form from a combined mixture.
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To separate (a pure strain of a microorganism or virus) from a mixed culture.
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To set apart (a component, circuit, or system) from a source of electricity.
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To insulate or shield.
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Separated from others.

An isolate population.

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A person, thing, or group that has been isolated, as by geographic, ecologic, or social barriers.
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A population of microorganisms or viruses that has been isolated.
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A language isolate.
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To set apart from others; place alone.
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To separate (an element or compound) in pure form from substances with which it is combined or mixed.
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To place or keep (a patient) apart from others to prevent the spread of infection.
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To grow a pure culture of (a microbe), usually as individual colonies on a solid medium.
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Of or relating to someone or something that is set apart.
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A person or group that is set apart.
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A person who is separated from normal social activity, as through choice, rejection, psychological problems, etc.
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To set apart or cut off from others.
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To place in quarantine.
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To separate a pure strain from a mixed bacterial or fungal culture.
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A bacterial or fungal strain that has been isolated.
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To set apart or cut off from others.
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To place in quarantine or isolation.
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​(chemistry) To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture.
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To insulate, or make free of external influence.
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(microbiology) To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture.
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To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity.
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Something that has been isolated.
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Origin of isolate

Back-formation from isolated, from French isolé, from Italian insolato, from Latin insulatus (cognate with insulate).