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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 ​animalseparate 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 ​minoritygroups and ​preventintegration.
(Definition of isolate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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)

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isolateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈaɪsəleɪt/
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 ​productdistribution.
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)
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