What does isolate mean?

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ˈaɪ səˌleɪt; sometimes ˈɪs ə-; -lɪt, -ˌleɪtiso·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. isolate, insulate(verb)

    place or set apart

    "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"

  2. isolate(verb)

    obtain in pure form

    "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"

  3. sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolate(verb)

    set apart from others

    "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"

  4. isolate(verb)

    separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them


  1. Isolate(v. t.)

    (Microbiol.) To obtain a culture of a microorganism in pure form (from a complex mixture); as, to isolate Eschericia coli from a patient's blood.

  2. Isolate(v. t.)

    To place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others; as, to isolate an infected person from others; to isolate the troublemakers in a classroom.

  3. Isolate(v. t.)

    (Chem.) To separate (a substance) from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state; as, to isolate the desired product from a reaction mixture.

  4. Isolate(n.)

    Something that has been isolated; as, an isolate of a powerful antibiotic from a tropical plant; an isolate of tuberculosis bacillus from an infected patient.


  1. isolate(Noun)

    Something that has been isolated.

  2. isolate(Verb)

    To set apart or cut off from others.

  3. isolate(Verb)

    To place in quarantine or isolation.

  4. isolate(Verb)

    To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture.

  5. isolate(Verb)

    To insulate, or make free of external influence.

  6. isolate(Verb)

    To separate a pure strain of bacteria etc. from a mixed culture.

  7. isolate(Verb)

    To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity.

  8. Origin: from isolé, from insolato, from insulatus (cognate with insulate).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Isolate(verb)

    to place in a detached situation; to place by itself or alone; to insulate; to separate from others

  2. Isolate(verb)

    to insulate. See Insulate

  3. Isolate(verb)

    to separate from all foreign substances; to make pure; to obtain in a free state

  4. Origin: [It. isolato, p. p. of isolare to isolate, fr. isola island, L. insula. See 2d Isle, and cf. Insulate.]


  1. Isolate

    Isolate is the second full-length studio album by the Norwegian progressive metal band Circus Maximus. The album was released on October 24, 2007 in Japan, August, 2007 in Europe and September 4, 2007 in the US. The cover-art for the album as well as a sample track containing an excerpt from the song "Wither", was released by the band on May 29, 2007 on the official Circus Maximus website. Like its former album, Isolate contains the same number of tracks and also track 4 is an Instrumental. Isolate is also the first album to feature new keyboardist Lasse Finbråten after Espen Storø's departure at the end of recording of The 1st Chapter. Lasse Finbråten added more keyboard/synthesizer sounds to the album in both soloing and overall use. This is different to the previous album as Espen Storø's sound centered around the use of the piano. The album entered the Norwegian national charts at number 70 in August, 2007.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Isolate

    ī′so-lāt, or is′o-lāt, v.t. to place in a detached situation, like an island.—adj. Is′olable (chem.), capable of being separated from any other substance: capable of being obtained pure.—n. Isolā′tion. [It. isolareisola—L. insula, an island.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'isolate' in Verbs Frequency: #775

Anagrams for isolate »

  1. aeolist, et alios

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of isolate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of isolate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of isolate in a Sentence

  1. Steve Warren:

    We are beginning to isolate Ramadi from multiple directions.

  2. Leon Panetta:

    This is a global world. We cannot isolate ourselves from that world.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    Obviously, no one will succeed in intimidating us, to deter, to isolate Russia.

  4. Temir Sariyev:

    Kerry will attempt to isolate Moscow, not all Central Asian nations back Russia.

  5. Jennifer Roberts:

    While the paper shows a relationship between couple behaviors, it can’t really isolate why.

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