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isolate

verb [T] uk   /ˈaɪ.sə.leɪt/ us  
to separate something from other things with which it is connected or mixed: A high wall isolated the house from the rest of the village. They tried to isolate (= find) the cause of the problem.specialized Virus particles were eventually isolated from the tissue. to keep a person or animal separate from other people or animals by putting them in a different place: He was isolated from all the other prisoners. to put a person, country or organization in a situation where they are seen as being separate : This policy will isolate minority groups and prevent integration.
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