Isolate definition

īsə-lāt
To separate a pure strain from a mixed bacterial or fungal culture.
verb
6
1
To set apart or cut off from others.
verb
4
0
Separated from others.

An isolate population.

adjective
5
2
To identify or distinguish as a separate entity or group.

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

verb
2
0
To set apart (a component, circuit, or system) from a source of electricity.
verb
2
0
Advertisement
A person or group that is set apart.
noun
2
0
To place in quarantine.
verb
3
2
A person, thing, or group that has been isolated, as by geographic, ecologic, or social barriers.
noun
1
0
(linguistics) A language isolate.
noun
1
0
(chem.) To separate (an element or compound) in pure form from substances with which it is combined or mixed.
verb
1
0
Advertisement
(med.) To place or keep (a patient) apart from others to prevent the spread of infection.
verb
1
0
(microbiol.) To grow a pure culture of (a microbe), usually as individual colonies on a solid medium.
verb
1
0
Of or relating to someone or something that is set apart.
adjective
1
0
To place in quarantine or isolation.
verb
1
0
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.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
(psychology) To separate (experiences or memories) from the emotions relating to them.
verb
0
0
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.

verb
0
0
To place in quarantine.
verb
0
0
To cause to become socially or politically unengaged or ostracized.

An immigrant who was isolated by his poor language skills.

verb
0
0
To render free of external influence; insulate.

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

verb
0
0
Advertisement
(chemistry) To separate (a substance) in pure form from a combined mixture.
verb
0
0
(microbiology) To separate (a pure strain of a microorganism or virus) from a mixed culture.
verb
0
0
To insulate or shield.
verb
0
0
(microbiology) A population of microorganisms or viruses that has been isolated.
noun
0
0
To set apart from others; place alone.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
A bacterial or fungal strain that has been isolated.
noun
0
0
To set apart or cut off from others.
verb
0
0
​(chemistry) To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture.
verb
0
0
To insulate, or make free of external influence.
verb
0
0
(microbiology) To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity.
verb
0
0
Something that has been isolated.
noun
0
0
(psychol., sociology) A person who is separated from normal social activity, as through choice, rejection, psychological problems, etc.
noun
0
1

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
isolate
Plural:
isolates

Origin of isolate

  • Back-formation from isolated

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary