Meaning of “insulate” in the English Dictionary

"insulate" in American English

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insulateverb [ T ]

us /ˈɪn·səˌleɪt/

insulate verb [ T ] (COVER)

to use a material to cover or go around the surface of something in order to prevent heat, electricity, etc., from escaping or entering:

We’ve saved a lot on our heating bills by insulating the attic.

insulate verb [ T ] (PROTECT)

to protect someone or something from outside influences:

As a member of a rich and powerful family, she was insulated from ordinary life.

(Definition of “insulate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"insulate" in Business English

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insulateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɪnsjəleɪt/ us

to protect someone or something from something that might harm them or it:

insulate sb/sth against/from sth Firms producing basic necessities are better insulated from the effects of a recession.

(Definition of “insulate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)