Definition of isolate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    isolate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they isolate
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪt//
     
    he / she / it isolates
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪts//
     
    past simple isolated
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle isolated
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form isolating
    BrE BrE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaɪsəleɪtɪŋ//
     
    Ailments and diseases, Being ill
     
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  1. 1to separate somebody/something physically or socially from other people or things isolate somebody/yourself/something Patients with the disease should be isolated. isolate somebody/yourself/something from somebody/something He was immediately isolated from the other prisoners. This decision will isolate the country from the rest of Europe. See related entries: Ailments and diseases, Being ill
  2. 2isolate something (from something) (formal) to separate a part of a situation, problem, idea, etc. so that you can see what it is and deal with it separately It is possible to isolate a number of factors that contributed to her downfall.
  3. 3isolate something (from something) (specialist) to separate a single substance, cell, etc. from others so that you can study it Researchers are still trying to isolate the gene that causes this abnormality.
  4. Word Origin early 19th cent. (as a verb): back-formation from isolated.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: isolate