What does isolate mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. isolate, insulateverb

    place or set apart

    "They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates"

  2. isolateverb

    obtain in pure form

    "The chemist managed to isolate the compound"

  3. sequester, sequestrate, keep apart, set apart, isolateverb

    set apart from others

    "The dentist sequesters the tooth he is working on"

  4. isolateverb

    separate (experiences) from the emotions relating to them


  1. Isolateverb

    (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. Isolateverb

    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. Isolateverb

    (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. Isolatenoun

    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. isolatenoun

    Something that has been isolated.

  2. isolateverb

    To set apart or cut off from others.

  3. isolateverb

    To place in quarantine or isolation.

  4. isolateverb

    To separate a substance in pure form from a mixture.

  5. isolateverb

    To insulate, or make free of external influence.

  6. isolateverb

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

  7. isolateverb

    To insulate an electrical component from a source of electricity.

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


  1. isolate

    Isolate generally refers to separating or setting something apart from others. This could involve a person, object, or data being distinguished or removed from a group for further analysis or protection. The term is often used in various fields such as science, medicine, sociology, and technology. For example, in a medical context, an individual could be isolated to prevent the spread of infectious disease; while in a scientific context, a certain compound or element could be isolated for study.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Isolateverb

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

  2. Isolateverb

    to insulate. See Insulate

  3. Isolateverb

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

  4. Etymology: [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.]


  1. Isolate

    to separate out from others; occurring alone.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for isolate »

  1. aeolist

  2. 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. Dr. Steven Lee:

    Figuring out the purpose of why you want to pursue a mission can be daunting, but analyzing the three key components of a need, the skills you have, and what you love to do, can help isolate your ultimate reason for why you are doing what you are doing. In my case, those concentric topics merged together to create isolate my purpose: to enhance eye care through technological innovation.

  2. North Florida:

    If we had to isolate someone on-campus, we would want a room that's a single room that has its own bathroom where a person would isolate, and my recommendation would be that there's no porous-type furniture in there. You wouldn't want an upholstery type of thing, no rugs, because it makes it easier to keep clean afterwards.

  3. Jean Baudrillard:

    To love someone is to isolate him from the world, wipe out every trace of him, dispossess him of his shadow, drag him into a murderous future. It is to circle around the other like a dead star and absorb him into a black light.

  4. Andrea Dworkin:

    The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.

  5. Mike Ryan:

    What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them, the danger right now with the lockdowns ... if we don't put in place the strong public health measures now, when those movement restrictions and lockdowns are lifted, the danger is the disease will jump back up.

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