Meaning of “isolate” in the English Dictionary

"isolate" in British English

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isolateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈaɪ.sə.leɪt/ us /ˈaɪ.sə.leɪt/

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.

(Definition of “isolate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"isolate" in American English

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isolateverb [ T ]

us /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
adjective us /ˈɑɪ·səˌleɪ·t̬ɪd/

Only a few isolated cases of measles have been reported.
isolation
noun [ U ] us /ˌɑɪ·səˈleɪ·ʃən/

The prisoner was kept in isolation for three days.

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

"isolate" in Business English

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isolateverb [ T ]

uk /ˈaɪsəleɪt/ us

to separate something or someone from other things or people with which they are joined are mixed, or to keep them separate:

We need to isolate the problem with our product distribution.

POLITICS to keep a company or country from doing business in the usual way:

Despite American efforts to isolate the country, Europeans still travel and trade there freely.
isolate sb/yourself from sth There is no way you can isolate yourself from politics unless you isolate yourself from society.

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