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insulate

verb [T] uk   /ˈɪn.sjʊ.leɪt/ us  

insulate verb [T] (COVER)

to cover and surround something with a material or substance in order to stop heat, sound, or electricity from escaping or entering: You can insulate a house against heat loss by having the windows double-glazed.

insulate verb [T] (PROTECT)

to protect someone or something from harmful experiences or influences: Children should be insulated from the horrors of war. Until recently the country's economy has been insulated from recession by its reserves of raw materials.
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