April 10, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
isolate /ˈaɪsəˌleɪt/ verb
isolate
/ˈaɪsəˌleɪt/
verb

isolates; isolated; isolating

The patient is isolated from others.
The patient is isolated from others.
Learner's definition of ISOLATE

[+ object]

1 : to put or keep (someone or something) in a place or situation that is separate from others

  • These policies will only serve to isolate the country politically and economically.

  • Certain patients must be isolated in a separate ward.

  • When he wants to work, he isolates himself in his office and won't talk to anyone

— often + from

  • Certain patients must be isolated from the others in a separate ward.

2 a : to find and deal with (something, such as a problem) by removing other possibilities

  • It may take several days to isolate the problem. [=to find out exactly what the problem is]

b technical : to separate (something, such as a chemical) from another substance : to get (something) or an amount of (something) that is not mixed with or attached to anything else

  • Scientists have isolated the gene/virus that causes the disease.

— often + from

  • The chemical/compound was originally isolated from a kind of seaweed.

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