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isolate

verb [T]    /ˈɑɪ·səˌleɪt/
to separate something from other things, or to keep something separate: They tried to isolate the cause of the problem. A high wall isolated the house from the rest of the neighborhood. isolated    /ˈɑɪ·səˌleɪ·t̬ɪd/ adjective Only a few isolated cases of measles have been reported. isolation    /ˌɑɪ·səˈleɪ·ʃən/ noun [U] The prisoner was kept in isolation for three days.
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