- 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
- 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.
- 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. Word Origin early 19th cent. (as a verb): back-formation from isolated.
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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